The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced the finalists for the 2012 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.
The 2012 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (HarperCollins); Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Philomel Books); Blood Red Road by Moira Young (Margaret K. McElderry Books); Shine by Lauren Myracle (Amulet Books); Under the Mesquite by Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Lee & Low Books)
All Walden Award titles will be identified by an award sticker—gold for the winner and silver for the four finalists. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 23rd. The winning title and finalists will be honored on Monday, November 19th at the 2012 ALAN Workshop in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.