Librarians Launch the ‘In the Margins’ Book Award

By Maryann Yin Comment

THUMBNAIL_IMAGEA group of youth librarians came together to launch the “In the Margins” book award.

Here’s more from School Library Journal: “The purpose of creating the ITM committee was to get feedback from teens across the country and to create authority in our book choices to assist in justifying purchases for detention facilities that are notorious for censorship. Another of the group’s goals is to bring attention to those hidden gems that aren’t on the radar, bringing self-published authors and small press offerings to light.”

The founding committee examined more than 200 books to pick out the best ones for teenagers living in the fringes of society. The organizers recently revealed their Top 10 list; the selections came from a pool of thirty nominated titles. We’ve posted the full list below.

2014 In the Margins Top Ten List

Buck: a Memoir by M.K. Asante
From Crack to College and Vice Versa by Marilyn Denise Jones
Survivor. Townsend Press by Paul Langan
War Brothers: The Graphic Novel written by Sharon E. McKay & illustrated by Daniel Lafance
Criminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass by Meg Medina
Good Kings, Bad Kings by Susan Nussbaum
No Matter What by Jeff Rivera
Pieces of Me by Darlene Ryan
Anybody’s Daughter by Pamela Samuels Young