Hello! I know this one is late, but it comes to you LIVE from ALA Midwinter in Chicago, where the Youth Media Awards will be announced on Monday morning. So, will you forgive the tardiness? You won’t? Well, whatever. You’re here, so I guess there’s some kindness in your heart.
This post is to announce the honorees and winner of the Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Award. My students discussed having this as a strictly dystopian award, but after some discussion, it was a near-unanimous decision to include post-apocalyptic with this group as well. Many students rejoiced at this, because they had some post-apocalyptic books from 2014 they really wanted to honor.
We’ll begin with the four [FOUR!] honor books:
Last Stand: Surviving America’s Collapse by William H. Weber
This book was talked about non-stop by one of my freshman in particular. He was thrilled to see his classmates agree with him and give this book an honor nod.
The Rule of Three by Eric Walters!
I was fortunate to receive an ARC of the sequel to this book at NCTE in November. That caused the popularity of this title to rocket up amongst my students.
The Hunted by Charlie Higson!
This one was a surprise nominee, as we hadn’t discussed it in class. After it was nominated and talked about, though, it quickly moved up on my students’ TBR lists. This is the 6th in a series, so they’ll be reading it for a while.
The final honor book:
Four by Veronica Roth!
Because we know this is just Veronica Roth’s world and we’re all living in it.
And finally, the award winner for dystopian/post-apocalyptic:
The One by Kiera Cass!
The finale to The Selection series, this one passed from hand-to-hand throughout the year.
Congratulations to all the authors! Your awards will be kept safe in our classroom, and you can pick them up at any time.