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ALA Medal Winners for 2016!


Printz Award: Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

The award, first given in 2000, is named for the late Michael L. Printz, a Topeka, Kan., school librarian known for discovering and promoting quality books for young adults. The award is administered annually by YALSA and is sponsored by Booklist magazine. Congratulations Laura Ruby!!


Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award: Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin

The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a Nov. 1 – Oct. 31 publishing year. Congratulations Steve Sheinkin!


The William C. Morris Award: Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

The William C. Morris Award honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. Congratulations Becky Albertalli!


Stonewall Young Adult Literature Award: The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg

The Stonewall Book Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children and teens relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. Congratulations Bill Konigsberg!


Margaret A. Edwards Award: David Levithan

David Levithan is the recipient of the 2016 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring his significant and lasting contribution to writing for teens for The Realm of Possibility, Boy Meets Boy, Love is the Higher Law, How They Met, and Other Stories, Wide Awake, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist. Congratulations David Levithan!

To see the list of all awards and winners, visit the ALA website!

January Events

This month we're very excited to welcome 3 awesome authors to Books Inc.!


First up, we have the lovely Emery Lord author of Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You,  visiting the Bay Area for the frist time! She'll be joining NYMBC at the Burlingame Library to meet and greet her fans and talk about her upcoming novel, When We Collided, out this April!


Second, the amazing Alexandra Bracken, author of the Darkest Minds series, and wonderful Susan Dennard, author of Something Strange and Deadly, will be joining us for a night of fun at Books Inc. Opera Plaza to discuss their new books, Passenger and Truthwitch!


We hope you can join us and we look forward to seeing you there!!

2016 Morris Award Finalists Announced

Every year the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), selects five books as finalists for the William C. Morris Award, which honors the year’s best books written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. Here are their picks for 2016:



Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Ollie and Moritz are best friends, but they can never meet. Ollie has a life-threatening allergy to electricity, and Moritz's weak heart requires a pacemaker. If they ever did meet, they could both die. Living as recluses from society, the boys develop a fierce bond through letters that become a lifeline during dark times-as Ollie loses his only friend, Liz, to the normalcy of high school and Moritz deals with a bully set on destroying him. But when Moritz reveals the key to their shared, sinister past that began years ago in a mysterious German laboratory, their friendship faces a test neither one of them expected.
Narrated in letter form by Ollie and Moritz-two extraordinary new voices-this story of impossible friendship and hope under strange circumstances blends elements of science fiction with coming of age themes, in a humorous, dark, and ultimately inspiring tale is completely unforgettable.


Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared.
But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden's father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son's hands; Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial.
Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden's saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch.
Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he's pushed out without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he's never met.


The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows-the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family's show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure "magia ""negra, " black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she's been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it's a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace's life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.


The winner of the Morris Awards will be announced January 11th.

To learn more about the Morris Awards and the YALSA, visit their site. Find all these books at your local Books Inc. or order online.

Cassandra Clare Releases A New Series

The big news today is the announcement of Cassandra Clare's Lady MIdnight, the first book of a new Shadowhunters novel, available March 2016 .

It’s been five years since the events of City of Heavenly Fire that brought the Shadowhunters to the brink of oblivion. Emma Carstairs is no longer a child in mourning, but a young woman bent on discovering what killed her parents and avenging her losses.

Together with her parabatai Julian Blackthorn, Emma must learn to trust her head and her heart as she investigates a demonic plot that stretches across Los Angeles, from the Sunset Strip to the enchanted sea that pounds the beaches of Santa Monica. If only her heart didn’t lead her in treacherous directions . . .

Making things even more complicated, Julian’s brother Mark—who was captured by the faeries five years ago―has been returned as a bargaining chip. The faeries are desperate to find out who is murdering their kind―and they need the Shadowhunters’ help to do it. But time works differently in faerie, so Mark has barely aged and doesn’t recognize his
family. Can he ever truly return to them? Will the faeries really allow it?

Glitz, glamours, and Shadowhunters abound in this heartrending opening to Cassandra Clare’s Dark Artifices series.

Click here for the original article and  to read an excerpt. Preorder at your local Books Inc.!