• By Jacquelyn White
  • Posted Monday, April 1, 2019

2019 YA Award Winners

2019 Edwards Award

“Feed” by M.T. Anderson

In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

"The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation: the pox party" by M.T. Anderson

At the dawn of the Revolutionary War, young Octavian is raised in highly unusual circumstances at the Novanglian College of Lucidity. Though the scholars give him a first-rate education, they also monitor him closely…too closely. As he grows older, Octavian learns the horrifying truth of his situation, and that truth leads him to question his understanding of himself and the Revolution: if the Patriots can fight for their freedom, why can't he fight for his?

"The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, volume II: the kingdom on the waves" by M.T. Anderson

When he and his tutor escape to British-occupied Boston, Octavian learns of Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary forces.

>2019 Morris Award

"Darius the Great is Not Okay" by Adib Khorram

Clinically-depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

2019 Nonfiction Award

“The Unwanted: Stories of the Syrian Refugees” by Don Brown

Presents a graphic account of the events of Syrian refugees' attempt to escape the horrors of their country's civil war in search of a better tomorrow.

2019 Odyssey Award

"Sadie" by Courtney Summers

Told from the alternating perspectives of nineteen-year-old Sadie who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast exploring Sadie's disappearance.

2019 Printz Award

"The Poet X" by Elizabeth Acevedo

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.