YouPer Award

The purpose of the YouPer (Young Person) Award is to recognize and promote quality literature for youth in chapter book format. This award was given for the first time in 2014 by the Michigan Library Association. The award is given annually to one children’s book originally published in the United States during the calendar year that has captured the attention of the youth librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience.

2017 YouPer Award

The 2017 YouPer Award Work Group read and discussed 149 titles. Collectively, workgroup members estimate that they spent more than 1000 hours reading submissions. The work group reads throughout the year to narrow selections to the “High Five” The 2017 YouPer “High Five” were announced at the 2017 Spring Institute Conference. Winners and Honor Books were announced at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference.

2017 YouPer “High Five”

Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook by Leslie Conner

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Booked by Kwame Alexander

Wolf Hollow Named 2017 MLA YouPer Award Winnerwolf_hollow

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk, published in 2016 by Dutton books for Young Readers, is the winner of the 2017 MLA YouPer (Young Person) Award.

In Wolf Hollow Annabelle’s life is forever changed when a cruel girl moves to her peaceful farm community and threatens Annabelle’s family and friends.

Wolf Hollow stands out for its beautiful prose and courageous narrator Annabelle whose voice will remain with you after you’ve finished.” Said 2017 YouPer Work Group Chair Whitney Hagen. “Although historical fiction, this story contains themes of bullying, prejudice and PTSD that were as evident in the 1940’s as they are today.”

Lauren Wolk is an award-winning poet and author of the bestselling Newbery Honor–winning Wolf Hollow, described by the New York Times Book Review as "full of grace and stark, brutal beauty." She was born in Baltimore and has since lived in California, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Canada, and Ohio. She now lives with her family on Cape Cod.

Wolf Hollow is a 2017 Newbery Honor Book and an ALA Notable Children's Book and has been recognized as best book of the year by many organizations including being named an NPR Best Book of the Year, Booklist Best Book of the Year and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year.

This year’s honor books include:

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

All Rise for the Honorable Perry T Cook by Leslie Conner

It Ain’t So Awful Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

Booked by Kwame Alexander

YouPer Award Guidelines.doc

YouPer Award Nomination Form.doc

Past YouPer Award Winners and Honor Books