The Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association announced the Asian Pacific American Award for Literature winner. This year, the award for young adult literature went to Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee, and the honor award went to Watched by Marina Budhos.
On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. In Outrun the Moon, Mercy Wong goes up against incredible odds to get into the school of her dreams, and with the help of newfound friends completely changes her community after the tragedy strikes.
In Watched, Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Then Naeem sees a way to be a hero like the guys in his brother’s comic books.
The Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) was founded in 1980, with a vision of creating “a profession that is diverse, inclusive, and social-justice oriented through advocacy, leadership, and collaboration.” Previous winners include P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han and Ink and Ashes by Valynne E. Maetani.