2016 Thumbs Up! Award Winner – All American Boys

2016 Thumbs Up! Award Winner All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon KielyThe Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, published in 2015 by Simon & Schuster, is the winner of the 2016 MLA Thumbs Up! Award.

Sixteen-year-old Rashad is brutalized by Paul Galluzo, a police officer who mistakes the boy for a shoplifter. Varsity basketball player Quinn Collins was a witness and was raised by Paul after his father died. Once Paul is accused of prejudice and racial brutality, Quinn refuses to believe it. But then Rashad is repeatedly absent, causing the basketball team start to take sides, as half the players are Rashad’s best friends. This tension permeates through the school and the town as Rashad and Quinn are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.

Jason Reynolds graduated from the University of Maryland and spent most of his time writing and reciting poetry on campus. He graduated with a B.A. in English and then moved to Brooklyn, New York. Reynold’s goal is to get more young boys to read, by writing “not boring books.”

Brendan Kiely is originally from the Boston area and received ahis MFA in creative writing from The City College of New York. He currently lives in Greenwich Village with his wife. His debut novel, The Gospel of Winter, was selected as one of American Library Association’s Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults 2015.

All American Boys has attracted prominent attention, including being a 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor book and recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature.

2016 Top Ten Titles:

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon Kiely
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman Illustrated by Brendan Shusterman
  • The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  • The Nest by Kenneth Oppel
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
  • Baba Yaga's Assistant by Marika McCoola
  • Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina & New Orleans by Don Brown

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