As the chair of the 2020 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award committee, I am pleased and proud to announce that the winner is:
Lovely War by Julie Berry
The finalists are:
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
Like a Love Story by Abdi Nazemian
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
White Rose by Kip Wilson
For readers who aren't familiar with the Walden Award, it is given every year through the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the NCTE (ALAN) and the award criteria is:
1) Literary merit
2) Widespread teen appeal
3) Positive approach to life
Because the criteria for this award is so specific, it is a wonderful award to use in the classroom, whether it's just consulting the award list when you would like to adopt a new novel for whole-class or book club study OR you would like to do your own Mock Walden in your classroom or library.
Here is an interview with Julie Berry about her Walden Award win.