Each year before the winners of American Library Association's Youth Media Awards are announced, CPL librarians come together to nominate and discuss our own Mock Book Awards to honor some of our favorite titles of the year. Here are the 2016 teen books we chose.
Mock Printz Award for Literary Excellence
Winner: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson. Henry Denton is miserable. When he is kidnapped by aliens who offer him a big red button that could save the world from certain destruction, will he decide there is anything on Earth worth saving?
Mock Morris Award for Best Debut Novel
Winner: The Smell of Other People's Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. At first glance, Ruth, Dora, Alyce and Hank couldn't be more different, but fate has set them on a collision course in the Alaskan wilderness of the 1970s.
Mock Eisner Award for Best Comic Published for Teens 13 to 19
Winner: I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young. Gert was only six years old when an innocent wish transported her to Fairyland, but she's still stuck there 30 years later. Trapped in the body of a child, Gert only wants two things: escape and bloody vengeance.
Mock Alex Awards for Adult Titles Teens Will Love
The official Youth Media Awards winners were announced on January 23.