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Award-winning Books for Kids & Teens

Here are some of the award-winning books for kids and teens that you can check out now.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert (YA FIC Colbert)

Returning home to Los Angeles from her New England boarding school, Suzette considers staying home for good so that she can be near her friends, her crush, and her recently diagnosed bipolar brother, a situation that is complicated by her growing feelings for the girl her brother loves.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (YA FIC Lee)

Two friends on a Grand Tour of 18th-century Europe stumble across a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice in a dangerous manhunt shaped by pirates, highwaymen and their growing attraction to one another.

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor (YA FIC Taylor)

Presents the story of a guilt-ridden hero, a dreamer librarian and a girl with dangerous powers who all combat monsters and treachery in the aftermath of a war between gods and men.

Noodleheads See the Future by Tedd Arnold (JUV E Arnold)

Inspired by folktales about fools from around the world, brothers Mac and Mac Noodlehead exasperate Uncle Ziti, are fooled by their friend Meatball, and make a garden for their mother.

A Different Pond by Bao Phi (JUV PIC Phi)

As a young boy, Bao Phi awoke early, hours before his father’s long workday began, to fish on the shores of a small pond in Minneapolis. Unlike many other anglers, Bao and his father fished for food, not recreation. Between hope-filled casts, Bao’s father told him about a different pond in their homeland of Vietnam (Publisher’s description).

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar (JUV FIC Behar)

A semi-autobiographical story about a multicultural girl’s coming-of-age in the 1960s describes how Cuban-Jewish Ruthie Mizrahi emigrates with her family from Castro’s Cuba to New York, where a devastating accident challenges her perceptions about mortality and strength.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA FIC Thomas)

After witnessing her friend’s death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter’s life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (YA FIC Reynolds)

Pressed our lips to the pavement and prayed the boom, followed by the buzz of a bullet,didn’t meet us.After Will’s brother is shot in a gang crime, he knows the next steps. Only when the lift door opens, Buck walks in, Will’s friend who died years ago (description from WorldCAT).

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater (YA FIC Slater)

Tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, a crime that focuses on the concepts of race, class, gender, crime, and punishment.

**Descriptions from NoveList Plus unless otherwise specified**