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Book awards: ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award

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Works (34)

My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins, and Fenway Park by Steve KlugerWinner, 2009
After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline WoodsonFinalist, 2009
Graceling by Kristin CashoreFinalist, 2009
The Graveyard Book by Neil GaimanFinalist, 2009
Me, the Missing, and the Dead by Jenny ValentineFinalist, 2009
Fire by Kristin CashoreWinner, 2010
Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco StorkFinalist, 2010
The Monstrumologist by Rick YanceyFinalist, 2010
North Of Beautiful by Justina Chen HeadleyFinalist, 2010
The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. AlexanderFinalist, 2010
The Last Summer Of The Death Warriors by Francisco StorkWinner, 2011
After Ever After by Jordan SonnenblickFinalist, 2011
Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew QuickFinalist, 2011
I Will Save You by Matt de la PeñaFinalist, 2011
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me by Kristen ChandlerFinalist, 2011
Shine by Lauren MyracleWinner, 2012
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert SharenowFinalist, 2012
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysFinalist, 2012
Blood Red Road by Moira YoungFinalist, 2012
Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia MccallFinalist, 2012
The Fault in Our Stars by John GreenWinner, 2013
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire SáenzFinalist, 2013
Ask the Passengers by A. S. KingFinalist, 2013
Endangered by Eliot SchreferFinalist, 2013
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow RowellWinner, 2014
Jumped In by Patrick Flores-ScottFinalist, 2014
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia WhitmanFinalist, 2014
Openly Straight by Bill KonigsbergFinalist, 2014
Winger by Andrew SmithFinalist, 2014
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future by A. S. KingWinner, 2015
Diamond Boy by Michael WilliamsFinalist, 2015
Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel QuinteroFinalist, 2015
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse AndersonFinalist, 2015
Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy) by Deborah WilesFinalist, 2015

Award description

The Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award, presented annually by Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of NCTE (ALAN), is an award in the United States for a book that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. Named for Amelia Elizabeth Walden who was a pioneer in the field of Young Adult literature, it is presented annually to the author of a title selected by ALAN’s Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee.

The selection committee is composed of ten ALAN members (3 teachers, 3 university professors, 3 librarians, and 1 chair) and is appointed by the previous year’s chair and current ALAN President. (Follow this link for a list of the current committee.) They award one winning title and honor up to four additional titles on their shortlist.

Per Walden’s request, honor and winning titles must be a work of fiction, ideally a novel (stand-alone or part of a series); be published within one year prior to the call for titles; be published in the United States but may have been published elsewhere prior; and possess a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit (please see this document for additional details about these criteria).


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