2019 YouPer Award

The 2019 YouPer Award Work Group read and discussed 123 titles. Collectively, work group members estimate that they spent upwards of 2000 hours reading and reviewing submissions. “The 2019 YouPer Group felt very fortunate to be inundated with spectacular titles this year. We read exceptional literature all year,” said YouPer Work Group Chair Alexa Lalejini. “We loved all of our Top 10 choices this year and it was tough to choose just one winner, but we are excited to share it with libraries across Michigan.”

2019 YouPer Award Work Group:

  • Chair: Alexa Lalejini, Swan Valley High School
  • Vice Chair: Killian Weston, Bloomfield Township Public Library
  • Lisa Boyd, Canton Public Library
  • Lauren Catoni, Bloomfield Township Public Library
  • Heather Draft, Cromaine District Library
  • Whitney Hagen, Paw Paw District Library
  • Rebecca Hermen, Dearborn Public Library
  • Cheryl Lawrence, Branch District Library
  • Nakenya Lewis-Yarbrough, Belleville Area District Library
  • Brittany Wesner, Clinton-Macomb Public Library
  • Liz Wierenga, Kent District Library- Plainfield

2019 YouPer Award Winner and Honor Books

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The work group reads throughout the year to narrow selections to the top titles and select the winner and honor books. The 2019 YouPer Top Ten were announced at the 2019 Spring Institute Conference. The winning title and honor books were announced at the 2019 MLA Annual Conference, October 16-18, 2019 in Novi.

The winner of the 2019 YouPer award is Front Desk by Kelly Yang, published by Arthur A Levine Books.

Honor Books include Breakout by Kate Messner, published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books; Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson, published by Nancy Paulsen Books; No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen, published by Tundra Books; and Sweep by Jonathan Auxier, published by Puffin Books.

2019 YouPer Award Top Ten Titles

Blended by Sharon M. Draper book coverGhost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes book coverFront Desk by Kelly Yang book coverHarbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson book coverSweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier book coverBreakout by Kate Messner book coverIt Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy book coverCity of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab book coverAru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi book coverNo Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen book cover

2019 Top Ten Titles (In random order)

  • Blended by Sharon Draper
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Front Desk by Kelly Yang
  • Harbor Me by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Sweep: The Story of a Girl and Her Monster by Jonathan Auxier
  • Breakout by Kate Messner
  • It Wasn’t Me by Dana Alison Levy
  • City of Ghosts (Cassidy Blake #1) by Victoria Schwab
  • Aru Shah and the End of Time (Pandava Quartet #1) by Roshani Chokshi
  • No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen

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