What books made the cut in 2018? Here’s the rundown of a selection of award winners plus the most-checked-out books here at PPL!

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

Piecing Me Together is the story of Jade, who feels like an outsider at her private high school. She would rather participate in the Study Abroad program, but instead she’s part of Women to Women, a mentoring program for at-risk girls.

Winner, Coretta Scott King Award

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway

Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms–how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it.

Winner, National Book Award

Hello Universy by Erin Entrada Kelly

The lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully’s prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him.

Winner, Newbery Award

Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar

In 1960s New York, fifth-grader Ruthie, a Cuban-Jewish immigrant, must rely on books, art, her family, and friends in her multicultural neighborhood when an accident puts her in a body cast.

Winner, Pura Belpre Award

The Girl I Used to Be by April Henry

Olivia’s parents were killed fourteen years ago. Now, new evidence reopens the case … and she finds herself involved

Winner, Anthony Award for Mystery

Kindred adaptation by Damian Duffy and John Jennings

Dana, a young black writer, can’t explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder – and her progenitor.

Winner, Bram Stoker Award 

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

As World War II draws to a close, refugees try to escape the war’s final dangers, only to find themselves aboard a ship with a target on its hull.

Winner, California Young Reader Award

The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson

In 1384 England, seventeen-year-old Evangeline, ward and cousin of King Richard II, tries to escape from an arranged marriage.

Winner, Christy Award

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn’s fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.

Winner, Edgar Award

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour

After leaving her life behind to go to college in New York, Marin must face the truth about the tragedy that happened in the final weeks of summer when her friend Mabel comes to visit.

Winner, Michael L. Printz Award

Everything Beautiful is not Ruined by Danielle Younge-Ullman

To prove to her mother that she can handle the grueling life of an actress after losing her singing voice, Ingrid must survive a wilderness camp.

Winner, White Pine Award

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

Damaged in prison, Joseph, 14, wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice

Winner, Young Hoosier Award

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

The story of a teenage girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world. When a new family moves in next door, she begins a complicated romance that challenges everything she’s ever known. The narrative unfolds via vignettes, diary entries, texts, charts, lists, illustrations, and more.

Winner, Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

Documents the true story of two Oakland high school students, a white girl from a privileged private school and a black youth from a school overshadowed by crime, whose fateful interaction triggered devastating consequences for both, garnering national attention and raising awareness about hate. 

Winner, Stonewall Award

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

Winner, William C. Morris Award & #1 most-checked-out fiction at PPL

Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

The deep and enduring friendship between Vincent and Theo Van Gogh shaped both brothers’ lives. Confidant, champion, sympathizer, friend—Theo supported Vincent as he struggled to find his path in life.

Winner, YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award

After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.

Winner, Children’s Literature Legacy Award for the author

Fairy Tail Volume 1 by Hiro Mashima

Cute girl wizard Lucy wants to join the Fairy Tail, a club for the most powerful wizards. But instead, her ambitions land her in the clutches of a gang of unsavory pirates led by a devious magician.

#1 most-checked-out graphic novel at PPL

Haikyu!! Volume 1 by Haruchi Furudate

Ever since he saw the legendary player known as ‘the Little Giant’ compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! 

#2 most-checked-out graphic novel at PPL

One-Punch Man Volume 1  by Yusuke Murata

Nothing about Saitama passes the eyeball test when it comes to superheroes, from his lifeless expression to his bald head to his unimpressive physique. However, this average-looking guy has a not-so-average problem– he just can’t seem to find an opponent strong enough to take on! 

#3 most-checked-out graphic novel at PPL

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Volume 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. 

#4 most-checked-out graphic novel at PPL

Dragon Ball Volume 1 by Akira Toriyama

The adventures of Son Goku, a boy martial artist with a monkey tail, and his friends as they search for the seven magical Dragon Balls

#5 most-checked-out graphic novel at PPL

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Lara Jean writes love letters to all the boys she has loved and then hides them in a hatbox until one day those letters are accidentally sent.

#2 most-checked-out fiction at PPL

The Sea of Monsters, Percy Jackson and the Olympians Book 2 by Rick Riordan

Demi-god Percy Jackson and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first Percy will discover a secret that makes him wonder whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or a cruel joke.

#3 most-checked-out fiction at PPL

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. 

#4 most-checked-out fiction at PPL

H2O by Virginia Bergin

When a strange rain falls bearing a fatal, contagious disease, Ruby finds herself alone with the only drinkable water quickly running out.

#5 most-checked-out fiction at PPL

A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer

[This book] is [an] account of one of the most severe child abuse cases in California history. It is the story of Dave Pelzer, who was brutally beaten and starved by his emotionally unstable, alcoholic mother: a mother who played torturous, unpredictable games – games that left him nearly dead.

#1 most-checked-out nonfiction at PPL

Fairyopolis by Cecily Mary Barker

The ‘secret journal’ of Cecily Mary Barker in the summer of 1920 includes text and illustrations about the numerous fairy inhabitants of her garden.

#2 most-checked-out nonfiction at PPL

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has since become a world classic—a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit.

#3 most-checked-out nonfiction at PPL

The Dead Inside by Cyndy Etler

The author describes her youth as a runaway at age fourteen and how she was sent to a corrupt recovery facility where she faced intimidation and unconventional treatment.

#4 most-checked-out nonfiction at PPL

The Playbook by Kwame Alexander

You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives?

#5 most-checked-out nonfiction at PPL

Have you read any of these? Which are on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments!

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