Best Books for Young Adults

November 3, 2006

YALSA–The Young Adult Library Services Association sponsors several annual awards for young adult books. Among them are: the Alex Awards-given to books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults (ages 12-18); the Margaret A. Edwards Award– honors an author for his or her lifetime contribution to young adult literature; and the Michael L. Printz Award given to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literarture(aka best book of the year).

The 2006 Alex winners were: Midnight At The Dragon Cafe by Judy Fong Bates, Upstate by Kalisha Buckhanon, Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman, As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez, The Necessary Beggar by Susan Palwick, My Jim by Nancy Rawles, Jesus Land : A Memoir by Julia Scheeres, and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.

The 2006 Margaret A. Edwards Award went to Jacqueline Woodson. “Woodson’s sensitive and lyrical books reveal and give a voice to outsiders often invisible to mainstream America.”

The 2006 winner of the Michael L. Printz Award was Looking For Alaska by John Green. Four other books were selected as Honor Books in 2006: Black Juice by Margo Lanagan; I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak; John Lennon : All I Want Is The Truth, A Photographic Bibliography by Elizabeth Partridge and A Wreath For Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson.