The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the winner of the 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction: Angie Thomas’ novel The Hate U Give (published by HarperCollings/Balzar + Bray). Congratulations to this fine writer and novel!
Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.
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The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalists
Dear Martin by Nic Stone (Penguin Random House/ Crown Books for Young Readers)
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (HarperCollins/ Balzar + Bray)
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (Simon & Schuster/ Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books)
The Nowhere Girls by Amy Reed (Simon & Schuster/ Simon Pulse)
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder (Penguin Random House/ Philomel Books)
The winner will be announced on Monday, July 30th. The winning title and finalists will be honored at the 2018 ALAN Workshop on Monday, November 19th in Houston, TX and the authors will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.
The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the many publishers who submitted titles for consideration. The 2018 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered over 350 young adult titles throughout the process. The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities.