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

By Kiersten White

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 Dracul has no allies. No crown. All she has is what she’s always had: herself. After failing to sec...

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

By Nic Stone

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

"A must-read!” —ANGIE THOMAS, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U Give

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in...

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.



By Kirsten Miller

“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 journey from start to finish." —Hypable

New York Times bestselling ...

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

By Leigh Bardugo

The highly anticipated, entirely new coming-of-age story for the world's greatest super hero: WONDER WOMAN by the # 1 New York Times bestselling author LEIGH BARDUGO.


She will become one of the world's greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .
Diana longs to prove herself to he...

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

By Nicola Yoon

The instant #1 New York Times bestseller--now a major motion picture starring Amandla Stenberg as Maddy and Nick Robinson as Olly. 

Risk everything . . . for love.

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 literally all...

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

By Erika L. Sánchez

National Book Award Finalist!
Instant New York Times Bestseller!

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
meets Jane the Virgin in this poignant but often laugh-out-loud funny contemporary YA about losing a sister and finding yourself amid the pressures, expectations, and stereotypes of growing up in a Mexican-American home. 

Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away...

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

By Karen M. McManus


Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” ( in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.

Pay close attention and you might solve this.
On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

What would you have nominated this year? Comment below!


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  1. @Victoria_Greenpeace

    This is completely accurate in my opinion, except for Best Actress… I think that one goes to Danica in Glittter and Shatter by Aprilynne Pike

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