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.

YouPer (Young Person) Award “High Five”

Review the short list of titles vying for the 2017 YouPer Award.The winner will be announced at MLA 2017 this October in Lansing.

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

The Fog Diver Named 2016 MLA YouPer Award Winnerthe_fog_diver

The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that The Fog Diver by Joel Ross, published 2015 by HarperCollins, is the winner of the 2016 MLA YouPer (Young Person) Award.

The Fog Diver starts off an adventure series set in a place where three determined adolescent characters live in the sky and just might become heroes. When survival isn’t enough, main characters Chess and his friends Hazel, Bea and Swedish must go on a risky journey to the city of Port Oro to cure their beloved Mrs. E of fogsickness. While on their perilous journey, cold-blooded Lord Kodoc trails closely behind, desperate to use a well-kept secret of Chess’s against him. Chess must now face any danger to protect his friends and confront his worst fears.

The Fog Diver has attracted prominent attention, including being nominated for the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award and receiving a starred review from Kirkis Reviews, “Ross wastes no time with his worldbuilding, establishing Chess and his crew as a misfit found family working the Fog by day and sharing stories by night. It’s a fresh approach, reminiscent of Dickens…the only thing missing is a sequel, which readers hope won’t be far behind.”

Joel Ross lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, who is also a full-time writer and their son Ben. He has written other works including two World War II thrillers for adults, Double Cross Blind and White Flag as well as his most recent sequel to The Fog Diver: The Lost Compass.

This year’s honor books include:

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

The Underground Abductor by Nathan Hale

YouPer Award Guidelines.doc

YouPer Award Nomination Form.doc

Past YouPer Award Winners and Honor Books