Our 2020 ALA Award Winners!

Congratulations to all of the amazing Macmillan authors who won awards or were selected for YALSA and RUSA’s various reading lists this year!

ADULT

RUSA NOTABLES LIST

An annual best-of list comprised of twenty six titles written for adult readers and published in the US including fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

TRUST EXERCISE by Susan Choi (Fiction)
DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz (Fiction)
THE TOPEKA SCHOOL by Ben Lerner (Fiction)
LANNY by Max Porter (Fiction)
ELDERHOOD: Redefining Aging, Transforming Medicine, Reimagining Life by Louise Aronson (Nonfiction)
DEAF REPUBLIC: Poems by Ilya Kaminsky (Poetry)

RUSA READING LIST

The Reading List is an annual best-of list comprised of eight different fiction genres for adult readers selected by RUSA’s Reading List Council.

THE RIGHT SORT OF MAN by Allison Montclair (Winner, Mystery)
MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey (Short List, Mystery)
THE FLATSHARE by Beth O’Leary (Winner, Romance)
A MEMORY CALLED EMPIRE by Arkady Martine (Winner, Science Fiction)
THE FUTURE OF ANOTHER TIMELINE by Annalee Newitz (Short List, Science Fiction)
GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir (Short List, Science Fiction)
MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire (Short List, Fantasy)
NINTH HOUSE by Leigh Bardugo (Short List, Fantasy)
THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons (Short List, Fantasy)
SILVER IN THE WOOD by Emily Tesh (Short List, Fantasy)
THE TOLL by Cherie Priest (Short List, Horror)

RUSA LISTEN LIST

Highlights extraordinary narrators and listening experiences that merit special attention by a general adult audience and the librarians who advise them.

GHOST WALL by Sarah Moss; read by Christine Hewitt

OVER THE RAINBOW

Honors adult books with significant LGBTQ content.

GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
IN THE DREAM HOUSE: A Memoir by Carmen Maria Machado
THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE by Samantha Shannon
WHEN BROOKLYN WAS QUEER: A History by Hugh Ryan

YA

PRINTZ AWARD

An award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

WHERE THE WORLD ENDS by Geraldine McCaughrean (Honor Book)

ALEX AWARDS

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.

DOMINICANA by Angie Cruz
RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston
HIGH SCHOOL by Sara Quin and Tegan Quin
MIDDLEGAME by Seanan McGuire

SYDNEY TAYLOR BOOK AWARD

The Sydney Taylor Book Award recognizes titles for children and teens that exemplify high literary standards while authentically portraying the Jewish experience.

SICK KIDS IN LOVE by Hannah Moskowitz (Honor Book)

RAINBOW BOOK LIST

The Rainbow Book List is a curated bibliography highlighting books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content, aimed at children and youth from birth to age 18.

GIDEON THE NINTH by Tamsyn Muir
WAYWARD SON by Rainbow Rowell
BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY by Candice Montgomery
DEPOSING NATHAN by Zack Smedley

RISE: A FEMINIST BOOK PROJECT LIST

Formally known as the Amelia Bloomer Project, Rise recognizes feminist books for readers ages 0 -18.

THE GRACE YEAR by Kim Liggett (Young Adult – Fiction)
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME by Sonia Hartl (Young Adult – Fiction)
A HOPE MORE POWERFUL THAN THE SEA (Young Readers’ Edition) by Melissa Fleming (Young Adult – Nonfiction)

BEST FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
SICK KIDS IN LOVE by Hannah Moskowitz
ECHO NORTH by Joanna Ruth Meyer

GREAT GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR TEENS

GRASS by Keum Suk Gendry-Kim
KING OF KING COURT by Travis Dandro
WOMAN WORLD by Aminder Dhaliwal
HOT COMB by Ebony Flowers

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