Monday, January 23, 2012

2012 ALA Award Winners

(this is going to be a long one...)

2012 Award Winning and Honor Books

Alex Awards
(ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18)

Big Girl Small / Rachel DeWoskin
In Zanesville / Jo Ann Beard
The Lover’s Dictionary / David Levithan
The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens / Brooke Hauser
The Night Circus / Erin Morgenstern
Ready Player One / Ernest Cline
Robopocalypse: A Novel / Daniel H. Wilson
Salvage the Bones / Jesmyn Ward
The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures / Caroline Preston
The Talk-Funny Girl / Roland Merullo

Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults


Margaret A. Edwards Award
(honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, that have been popular over a period of time. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world)

Winner: Susan Cooper
(click on her name--above--to see all of the books written by Cooper that are owned by the Cumberland County Library System)

Michael L. Printz Award
(award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature)



Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production
(producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States)


  • Rotters / written by Daniel Kraus; narrated by Kirby Heyborne

Schneider Family Book Award
(honor an author or illustrator for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences)

Middle School Winner(s):

Teen Winner(s):

Stonewall Book Awards
(English language books that have exceptional merit relating to the gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered experience)


  • Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy / Bil Wright

William C. Morris Debut YA Award
(honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature)



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