Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award
Sponsored by the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award is named for Amelia Elizabeth Walden, a pioneer in Young Adult literature. Each award and honor are given
to a book that exemplifies literary excellence, widespread appeal, and a positive approach to life in young adult literature. "Honor and winning titles must be a work of fiction, ideally a novel (stand-alone or part of a series);
be published within one year prior to the call for titles; be published in the United States but may have been published elsewhere prior; and possess a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit."
Walden Award | ALAN Online (alan-ya.org). The first Amalia Elizabeth Walden Award was given in 2009.
2021 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner
Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people. In New York City,
Yahaira Rios is called to the principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance -- and Papi's secrets -- the two girls are forced to face
a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.
2021 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Finalists
Slay by Brittney Morris
An honors student at Jefferson Academy, seventeen-year-old Keira enjoys developing and playing Slay, a secret, multiplayer online role-playing game celebrating black culture until the two worlds collide.
The Black Kids by Christina Hammonds Reed
Ashley Bennett and her friends are living the charmed life. It's the end of senior year, and they're spending more time at the beach than in the classroom. They can already feel the sunny days and endless possibilities of summer. Everything changes one
afternoon in April when four LAPD officers are acquitted after beating a black man named Rodney King half to death. Suddenly, Ashley's not just one of the girls. She's one of the black kids. As violent protests engulf Los Angeles
and the city burns, Ashley tries to continue as if life were normal. Even as her self-destructive sister gets dangerously involved in the riots. Even as the model black family facade her wealthy and prominent parents have built
starts to crumble. Even as her best friends help spread a rumor that could completely derail the future of her classmate and fellow black kid, LaShawn Johnson. With her world splintering around her, Ashley, along with the rest
of LA, is left to question who is the us? And who is the them?
Kent State by Deborah Wiles
Told from different points of view--protesters, students, National Guardsmen, and "townies"--recounts what happened at Kent State in May 1970, when four college students were killed by National Guardsmen, and a student protest
was turned into a bloody battlefield.