Award Winners

Come down to the School Library to see our display of recent “Award Winners.”

The Printz Award and the Alex Awards are significant honours to consider when adding title to a secondary school library collection. The Printz Award is given for excellence in young adult literature, while the Alex Awards are given to books written for adults but that have special appeal to young adults and teens.

The Printz Award is “for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.” (ALA) The 2021 Printz Award was given to Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) by Daniel Nayeri. In this autobiographical novel, middle-schooler Daniel, formerly Khosrou, tells his unimpressed and at times cruel classmates about his experience as an Iranian refugee.



Printz Honors were awarded to Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth; Dragon Hoops created by Gene Luen Yang; Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh; and We Are Not Free by Traci Chee.

The Alex Awards “are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.” (ALA) This year the Alex Awards were presented to the following titles:

· Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

· The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune

· The Impossible First by Colin O’Brady

· Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio by Derf Backderf

· The Kids Are Gonna Ask by Gretchen Anthony

· The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

· Plain Bad Heroines by emily m. danforth

· Riot Baby by Tochi Onyebuchi

· Solutions and Other Problems by Allie Brosh

· We Ride Upon Sticks: A Novel by Quan Barry


Find out more about all the other books and authors that were honoured with these very prestigious awards in the world of youth and children’s literature: ALA Youth Media Awards.

Alex Awards

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Alex Awards are given by the ALA to 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. At the YALSA Awards earlier this week, Alex Awards went to:

  • The Queen of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst
  • The Regional Office is Under Attack! by Manuel Gonzales
  • In the Country We Love: My Family Divided by Diane Guerrero with Michelle Burford
  • Buffering: Unshared Tales of a Life Fully Loaded by Hannah Hart
  • Arena by Holly Jennings
  • Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire
  • Romeo and/or Juliet: A Choosable-Path Adventure by Ryan North
  • Die Young with Me: A Memoir by Rob Rufus
  • The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon
  • The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

For more on the Alex Awards, go here.