And the Award Goes to . . . Check Out Our YA Oscars Winners!

It’s awards season, people! The night of the Oscars is one of the only times of the year when we put down our books for a whole four hours so we can live tweet the entire award show, including the red carpet, of course.

We got to thinking, what if there were Academy Awards for YA books? Well, now there are! Check out our 2017–2018 winners in all of their red carpet glory!

Best Actress

The award for best actress goes to Lada in Now I Rise by Kiersten White. Don’t mess with this warrior princess. She is smart, ruthless, and fierce—all the traits we love in our leading ladies.

Now I Rise

Now I Rise

The highly anticipated, mind-blowing New York Times bestselling sequel to Kiersten White’s New York Times bestseller, AND I DARKEN—the series that reads like HBO’s Game of Thrones . . . if it were set in the Ottoman Empire. 
Lada Dracu...

Best Actor

The award for best actor goes to Justyce McAllister in Dear Martin by Nic Stone. Justyce is one of those characters who stay with you forever. We admire his strength and bravery, and we need more characters like him in YA.

Dear Martin

Dear Martin

"Powerful, wrenching.” –JOHN GREEN, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Turtles All the Way Down

"Raw and gripping." –JASON REYNOLDS, New York Times bestselling coauthor of All American Boys

"A must-read!” –...

Best Visual Effects

The award for best visual effects goes to Otherworld by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller. This novel immerses readers in a virtual reality in which players can indulge any fantasy and live life to the fullest. It paints a terrifying view of the potential future of technology, but it’s an incredibly fun reading adventure.



“Full of high stakes, thrillers, and fantastic twists and turns, fans of Ready Player One are sure to love this addictive read.” —BuzzFeed

“A potent commentary on how much we’re willing to give up to the lure of technology.” —EW
"A fantastic journ...

Best Supporting Actor/Actress

The award for best supporting actor/actress goes to the ensemble cast in Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo. Talk about #SquadGoals. Diana, Princess of the Amazons, teams up with a diverse, complex, and lovable cast to save the day (and the world).

Wonder Woman: Warbringer

Wonder Woman: Warbringer


"You’ll enjoy this book whether you’re a fan of Wonder Woman comics, the Wonder Woman movie, Leigh Bardugo, or just YA lit in general."Hypable

The DC Icons adventure of the world's greatest super hero—WONDER WOMAN—by #1 New York Tim...

Best Cinematography

The award for best cinematography goes to Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon. Considering that this book actually did get made into a movie—and an awesome movie, we might add—we thought this one was a no-brainer. There’s nothing like seeing one of your favorite books come to life on screen, especially when it’s so beautifully done!

Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything

Risk everything . . . for love with this #1 New York Times bestseller. 

What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face . . . or kiss the boy next door? In Everything, Everything, Maddy is a girl who’s literall...

Best Director

The award for best director, or in this case, best author, goes to Erika L. Sánchez for I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter. A National Book Award finalist and instant bestseller, this timely novel tells the story of one girl’s journey to find herself while dealing with family pressure, stereotypes, and the loss of her sister.

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A “stunning” (America Ferrera) YA novel about a teenager coming to terms with losing her sister and finding herself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican American home.

“Alive and crackling—a gritty tale wrapped in a pa...

Best Picture

The award for best picture, aka book of the year, goes to One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus. No surprise here. This is THE book that everyone is talking about, and for good reason. It’s smart and fast-paced, and combines the twists and turns of Pretty Little Liars with the classic setup of The Breakfast Club.

One of Us Is Lying

One of Us Is Lying


“Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (Entertainment Weekly) in this addictive mystery about what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only ...

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