Category: Awards

2017 Locus Award Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the finalists for the 2017 Locus Awards. Winners are chosen through a survey of readers in an open online poll. The awards are given in a variety of categories. Below you will see the finalists for the Young Adult Book category:

Burning Midnight Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

The Evil Wizard Smallbone The Girl Who Drank the Moon

The Evil Wizard Smallbone by Delia Sherman

The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Goldenhand (Abhorsen, #5) Double Down (Lois Lane, #2)

Goldenhand by Garth Nix

Lois Lane: Double Down by Gwenda Bond

Poisoned Blade (Court of Fives, #2) Revenger

Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott

Revenger by Alastair Reynolds

This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1) Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

LA Times Book Prize Winner

The winners of the LA Times Book Prize have been announced. The winner for Young Adult Literature is:

The Lie Tree

The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge

This latest award is one of many for this book, including The Costa Book Award for Children’s Book, Costa Book of the Year, and Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction. It has also been nominated for several others like the Andre Norton Award and Carnegie Medal. Definitely worth the read! It’s one of my favorites.

YALSA’s Teen Top Ten Nominees for 2017

The nominees for the Teen Top Ten have been announced by YALSA. Nominations are made by teen book groups in schools and libraries across the country. Teen are then invited to vote for their favorites each year. Voting for teens opens on August 15th and runs through Teen Read Week in October. Here are the nominated titles followed by the video from YALSA:

All We Have Left The Art of Being Normal

All We Have Left by Wendy Mills

The Art of Being Normal by Lisa Williamson

Burning Midnight The Diabolic

Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh

The Diabolic by S. J. Kincaid

Don't Get Caught Genius: The Game

Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan

Genius: The Game by Leopoldo Gout

Girl in Pieces The Great American Whatever

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle

Heartless If I Was Your Girl

Heartless by Marissa Meyer

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The Killing Jar Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices, #1)

The Killing Jar by Jennifer Bosworth

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare

Love & Gelato Nightstruck (Nightstruck #1)

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

Nightstruck by Jenna Black

Once Upon a Dream (A Twisted Tale, #2) P.S. I Like You

Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell

P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Passenger (Passenger, #1) Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

Starflight (Starflight, #1) Scythe (Arc of a Scythe, #1)

Starflight by Melissa Landers

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Sun Is Also a Star Tell Me Three Things

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

This Is Where It Ends Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1)

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

25897678 The Year We Fell Apart

We Will Not Be Silent by Russell Freedman

The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin

Lambda Literary Award Finalists

The finalists for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced. The awards cover a wide range of LGBTQ+ literature and include one award specifically for young readers and teens. Here are the finalists in that category:

Beast Girl Mans Up

Beast by Brie Spangler

Girl Mans Up by M. E. Girard

Gravity Highly Illogical Behavior

Gravity by Juliann Rich

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Not Your Sidekick (Not Your Sidekick, #1) Our Chemical Hearts

Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Symptoms of Being Human The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

The Midnight Star by Marie Lu


Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

The Girl of Ink and Stars

The winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize has been announced. It has gone to a debut novel by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Girl of Ink and Stars. The British award celebrates new and emerging talent in children’s writing.

Judge Florentyna Martin, who is Waterstones’ buyer for children’s books, described the novel as a joy to read. “It is always exciting when we see this level of outstanding talent in a new writer, and Kiran has crafted a mesmerising world full of myths, magic and adventure that evokes an atmosphere akin to Pullman’s His Dark Materials,” she said.

Two other category winners were vying for the overall prize:

There's a tiger in the garden Orangeboy

There’s a Tiger in the Garden by Lizzy Stewart

Orangeboy by Patrice Lawrence

2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards

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The shortlists for the 2017 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards have been announced. They include two self-published books. Here are the books in the shortlist for the various awards:


The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

Frankie by Shivaun Plozza

One Would Think the Deep by Claire Zorn

Waer by Meg Caddy

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Yellow by Megan Jacobson




Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by John Foye

Dragonfly Song by Wendy Orr

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

Mrs. Whitlam by Bruce Pascoe

Rockhopping by Trace Balla

Within These Walls by Robyn Bavati





All I Want For Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooke, illustrated by Megan Forward

Chip by Kylie Howarth

Gary by Leila  Rudge

Go Home, Cheeky Animals! by Johanna Ball, illustrated by Dion Beasley

Nannie Loves by Kylie Dunstan


The Snow Wombat by Susannah Chambers, illustrated by Mark Jackson



Home in the Rain by Bob Graham

Mechanica by Lance Balchin

My Brother by Dee, Oliver and Tiffany Huxley

One Photo by Liz Anelli/Ross Watkins


Out by Owen Swan and Angela May George

The Patchwork Bike by Van T Rudd and Maxine Beneba Clarke




A – Z of Endangered Animals by Jennifer Cossins

Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina M Newton

Fabish, The Horse that Braved a Bushfire by Neridah McMullin, illustrator Andrew McLean

The Gigantic Book of Genes by Lorna Hendry

Spellbound: Making Pictures with the A-B-C by Maree Coote

William Bligh: a stormy story of tempestuous times by Michael Sedundary, illustrated by Bern Emmerichs



Mechanica – A beginner’s field guide by Lance Balchin

“Melbourne” Word by Word by Michael McMahon

A Patch from Scratch by Megan Forward

The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrator Van T Rudd

Small Things by Mel Tregonning

Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy, illustrator Lisa Kennedy