All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven won Teen Book of the Year from the Children’s Book Council. All the Bright Places follows a romance between Violet, obsessed with the future, and Finch, obsessed with his own death. They pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their home state.
Kelly Loy Gilbert won for Teen Choice Debut Author for her debut novel Conviction. In Conviction, Braden thought God gave him a sign that his family would never fall apart. His older brother is estranged from him, and his father – the only parent Braden has known – is arrested for murder of a famous Christian radio host, leading to a “racially-charged trial in a small town.” Baseball is Braden’s saving grace, but when he has to play against the nephew of the officer his father is accused of killing, he is forced into an impossible situation.
The Children’s Book Council’s Children’s Book Awards are the only national book awards program where the winners are selected by actual teens.