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.

Teen Vote for 2015 Thumbs Up! Award is Open Now Through May 31

We are pleased to announce the top ten titles  for the 2015 Thumbs Up! Award. A group of youth and teen librarians worked throughout the year to read from a list of over 100 titles to identify the top selections using the following criteria: story, setting, theme, voice, accuracy, style, characters and design.

Now it's time for the teens to vote! Through May 31, teens aged 13 to 18 can vote online for their favorite book from the top ten titles (PDF). Distribute the top ten list to your teen patrons and encourage them to vote. Please also consider posting a direct link to the survey on your own library website ( Voting can be done online from home or from the library through May 31, 2015. The winner of the Thumbs Up! Award and honor books will be announced at the MLA 2015 Annual Conference in Novi this October.


2014 Thumbs Up! Award Winner – Eleanor & Park

Eleanor-ParkThe Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell, published 2013 by St. Martin’s Press, is the winner of the 2014 MLA Thumbs Up! Award.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you'll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

Eleanor & Park has attracted abundant recognition, include being named a Michael L. Printz Honor Book, a New York Times Notable Book, an Indies Choice, Young Adult Book of the Year and received a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Fiction and International Reading Association Award for Young Adult Fiction.

Rainbow Rowell lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and two sons. She's also the author of Fangirl, Landline and Attachments.

This year's honor books include:  Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, published 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal, published 2013 by Knopf Books for Young Readers; and Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys, published 2013 by Philomel Books.

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Past Thumbs Up! Award Winners and Honor Books