CPL’s 2016 Teen Mock Book Awards

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?

Honor Books: The Lie Tree by Frances Hardinge and Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

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.

Honor Books: The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter and Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace

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.

Honor Books: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang; and Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare and Natacha Bustos

Mock Alex Awards for Adult Titles Teens Will Love

Winners: Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, Every Heart A Doorway by Seanan McGuire and In the Country We Love by Diane Guerrero


The official Youth Media Awards winners were announced on January 23.

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