Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy won best book of the year at the RT Reviewer’s Choice Awards. Originally nominated and winning the young adult contemporary novel category, self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. When she starts to doubt herself she sets out to take back her confidence by entering a beauty pageant.
Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows won for best young adult fantasy. In Six of Crows, Ketterdam is a hub of international trade in the Grisha world, and criminal Kaz Brekker knows that better than anybody. But to pull off a deadly heist, he needs help. A team of six outcasts come together to pull it off – but as it turns out, they might be the only thing that stand between the world and its destruction.
Beatrix Adams from Jenn Bennett’s The Anatomical Shape of a Heart won for best YA protagonist. Determined to follow in Leonardo da Vinci’s footsteps, Beatrix Adams sneaks into a hospital to give herself an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest – by drawing actual cadavers.
In addition, Goosebumps author R.L. Stine took home the RT Reviewer’s award for career achievement in young adult literature. The awards will be presented at the RT Convention in Las Vegas in April.