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National Book Award Winners - Young People's Literature

Description: The National Book Awards are presented annually "to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of good writing in America." Here we present the medal winners for Young People's Literature.

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Far from the Tree

by Robin Benway

A National Book Award Longlist title!

Date Added: 11/21/2017

Year: 2017

Challenger Deep

by Neal Shusterman and Brendan Shusterman

A captivating novel about mental illness that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2015

Brown Girl Dreaming

by Jacqueline Woodson

Winner of the 2014 National Book Award for Young People's Literature and a Newbery Honor Book. Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2014

The Thing About Luck

by Cynthia Kadohata and Julia Kuo

Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it...

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2013

The Thing About Luck

by Cynthia Kadohata

'Kouun is "good luck" in Japanese, and one year my family had none of it.' Just when Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan, right before harvest season.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2013

Goblin Secrets

by William Alexander

A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around--much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2012

Inside Out and Back Again

by Thanhha Lai

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2011


by Kathryn Erskine

In Caitlin's world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That's the stuff Caitlin's older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon's dead and Dad is no help at all.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2010

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice

by Phillip M. Hoose

When it comes to justice, there is no easy way to get it. You can't sugarcoat it. You have to take a stand and say, 'This is not right.' 2009 National Book Award winner for Children's Literature.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2009

What I Saw And How I Lied

by Judy Blundell

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2008

The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation; Volume 1)

by M. T. Anderson

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2006

The Penderwicks

by Jeanne Birdsall

This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2005


by Pete Hautman

"Why mess around with Catholicism when you can have your own customized religion?" Fed up with his parents' boring old religion, agnostic-going-on-atheist Jason Bock invents a new god -- the town's water tower.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2004

The Canning Season

by Polly Horvath

Thirteen-year-old Ratchet spends a summer in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts Tilly and Penpen, hearing strange stories from the past and encountering a variety of unusual and colorful characters.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2003

The House of the Scorpion

by Nancy Farmer

Matteo Alacran was not born; he was harvested. His DNA came from El Patrón, lord of a country called Opium -- a strip of poppy fields lying between the United States and what was once called Mexico.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2002

True Believer (Make Lemonade #2)

by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it - an occasion to rise to.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2001

Homeless Bird

by Gloria Whelan

Leaving Home...forever. Like many girls her age in India, thirteen-year-old Koly is getting married. When she discovers that the husband her parents have chosen for her is sickly boy with wicked parents, Koly wishes she could flee.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 2000

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town

by Kimberly Willis Holt

It's the summer Toby's mother leaves for good. The summer his best friend's brother is serving in Vietnam. And it's the summer Zachary Beaver, the fattest boy in the world, arrives in town.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1999


by Louis Sachar

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1998

Dancing on the Edge

by Han Nolan

Miracle McCloy has always known that there is something different about her: She was pulled from the womb of a dead woman--a "miracle" birth--and Gigi, her clairvoyant grandmother, expects Miracle to be a prodigy, much like Dane, the girl's brooding

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1997

Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida

by Victor Martinez

Perico, or parrot, was what Dad called me sometimes. It was from a Mexican saying about a parrot that complains how hot it is in the shade, while all along he's sitting inside an oven and doesn't know it. . . .

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1996


by Jean Fritz

This heartwarming fictionalized autobiography tells the story of what it is like for a little girl to be growing up in an unfamiliar place.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1983


by Lloyd Alexander

A boy fleeing from criminal charges falls in with a charlatan, his dwarf attendant, and an urchin girl, travels with them about the kingdom of Westmark, and ultimately arrives at the palace where the king is grieving over the loss of his daughter.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1982

The Night Swimmers

by Betsy Byars and Troy Howell

Retta, Johnny, and Roy have no parental rules to follow, so they've made up their ownAfter their mother passes away, Retta, Johnny, and Roy don't have much parenting in their lives.

Date Added: 05/25/2017

Year: 1981

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