The American Booksellers Association (ABA) announced the winners for their 2016 Indies Choice Awards. The Young Adult Book of the Year went to two winners due to a tie in the votes: Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
In Gabriel Savit’s Anna and the Swallow Man, it’s Kraków, 1939. A million soldiers and a thousand barking dogs. This is no place to grow up. Anna Łania is just seven years old when the Germans take her father. And then Anna meets the Swallow Man.
Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona follows a shapeshifting teen girl named Nimona in a medieval-meets-modern world, where knights use cellphones, swords and hoverboards. She teams up with the evil Lord Ballister Blackheart to take down a group called the Corporation.
The honor titles for the best young adult book of the year are Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T. Anderson.
Author Maggie Stiefvater took home an Indie Champion honor for supporting local independent bookstores.
Each book nominated for an Indie Choice Award is a book championed by an indie bookseller.
Which book do you prefer: Anna and the Swallow Man or Nimona? Sound off in the comments below!