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North Carolina Young Adult Book Award

The North Carolina Young Adult Book Award was initiated in 2008 to encourage reading at the middle and high school levels by involving students in the process of selecting and voting on the best books for their age group.  Studies consistently show that reading for pleasure begins to wane as children reach middle school age and the goal of this award is to get these kids interested in reading good, current books that appeal to their age level.   Each year the committee selects ten books for middle school readers and ten books for high school readers to make up the two NC YA Book Award lists.  The titles are chosen from nominations of books published within the last three years that have been submitted by students and media coordinators across the state. Throughout the school year, students are encouraged to read from the lists and think critically about what they read.  Then in March, they vote for their favorite book.  After tallying the student votes a winner is announced in April and the new book lists are published.

NCYABA Special Committe Chair: Ruth Wilcox

Please visit the web site http://sites.google.com/site/ncslmayabookaward/ for book trailers, curriculum links, summaries and other promotional materials for current and past lists.

2017 - 2018 Nominees

2016 - 2017 Winners:

Middle School:

The Only Thing to Fear by Carol Tung Richmond

High School:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

2015-2016 Winners:

Middle School:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

High School:

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

2014-2015 Winners:

Middle School: 

Counting by 7's by Holly Goldburg Sloan

High School: 

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass 

2013-2014 Winners 

Middle School:

Divergent  by Veronica Roth

High School:

The Madman's Daughter  by Megan Shepherd

2012-2013 Winners:

Middle School:

The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic  by Allan Wolf

High School:

The Fault in Our Stars  by John Green

2011-2012 Winners:

Middle School:

The Red Pyramid  by Rick Riordan

High School:

Hush, Hush  by Becca Fitzpatrick

 2010-2011 Winners:

Middle School:

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda  by Tom Angleberger

High School:

Playing With Matches  by Brian Katcher

2009-2010 Winners:

Middle School:

Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins

High School:

The Juvie Three  by Gordon Korman

2008-2009 Winners:

Middle School:

Zane's Trace  by Allan Wolf  

High School: 

Eclipse  by Stephenie Meyer