The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the finalists for the 2017 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.

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. Click here to view the official press release and follow this link for more information about the award.

The winning title and finalists will be honored at the 2017 ALAN Workshop on Monday, November 20th at 4:30pm in St. Louis, MO, and the authors will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.


The 2017 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner (Crown Books for Young Readers / Random House Children’s Books)

The 2017 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalists

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow (Delacorte Press / Random House Children’s Books)
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel/Penguin Young Readers)
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Wendy Lamb Books / Random House Children’s Books)
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon (Delacorte Press / Random House Children’s Books)