Thumbs Up! Award

The purpose of the award is to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 by the Teen Services Division of the Michigan Library Association. Since 2001, the selection process has also included a teen vote.

We are pleased to announce the top ten titles for the 2016 Thumbs Up! Award. A group of youth and teen librarians worked throughout the year to read from a list of 89 titles, putting in approximately 783 hours of reading! They have identified the top ten titles using the following criteria: story, setting, theme, voice, accuracy, style, characters and design.

The winner of the Thumbs Up! Award and honor books will be announced at the MLA 2016 Annual Conference in Lansing this October.


2015 Thumbs Up! Award Winner – Through the Woods

throughthewoodsThe Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Through the Woods by Emily Carroll, published 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, is the winner of the 2015 MLA Thumbs Up! Award.

Discover a terrifying world in the woods in this collection of five hauntingly beautiful graphic stories that includes the online webcomic sensation “His Face All Red,” in print for the first time.

Journey through the woods in this sinister, compellingly spooky collection that features four brand-new stories and one phenomenally popular tale in print for the first time. These are fairy tales gone seriously wrong, where you can travel to “Our Neighbor’s House”—though coming back might be a problem. Or find yourself a young bride in a house that holds a terrible secret in “A Lady’s Hands Are Cold.” You might try to figure out what is haunting “My Friend Janna,” or discover that your brother’s fiancée may not be what she seems in “The Nesting Place.” And of course you must revisit the horror of “His Face All Red,” the breakout webcomic hit that has been gorgeously translated to the printed page.

Already revered for her work online, award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll’s stunning visual style and impeccable pacing is on grand display in this entrancing anthology, her print debut.

This year's honor books include:  Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith, published by Dutton Books and The Crossover by Kwame Alexander, published by Harcourt Brace and Company.

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Past Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books