The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the finalists for the 2015 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 2015 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:
- Diamond Boy by Michael Williams, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- Gabi, A Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero, Cinco Puntos Press
- Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
- The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson, Penguin Young Readers Group
- Revolution (The Sixties Trilogy) by Deborah Wiles, Scholastic Press
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 Tuesday, July 28th. The winning title and finalists will be honored on at the 2015 ALAN Workshop on Monday, November 23rd at 4:25pm in Minneapolis, MN, and authors will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.
The 2015 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the thirty-six publishers who submitted titles for consideration. For more information on the award, please visit ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents http://www.alan-ya.org/