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2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction.  Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.

 The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

(Simon & Schuster)

aristotle and dante 


Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

(Little Brown and Company)

 ask the passengers


Endangered by Eliot Schrefer




The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

(Dutton Books)



All Walden Award titles will be identified by an award sticker—gold for the winner and silver for the three finalists.  The winner will be announced on Monday, July 29th.  The winning title and finalists will be honored on Monday, November 25th at the 2013 ALAN Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, and will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the thirty publishers who submitted titles for consideration.

The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered nearly 300 young adult titles throughout the process.  The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities.  They are:

Lois Buckman, Chair
Caney Creek High School, Conroe, TX

Ricki Ginsberg, Past Chair
Doctoral Student
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Carolyn Angus
George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA

Jonatha Basye
Elementar Teacher-Librarian
Bryan Elementary, Hampton, VA

Paul Hankins
English Language & Composition
Silver Creek High School, Sellersburg, IN

Suzanne Metcalfe
Dimond High School, Anchorage, Alaska

Mark Letcher
Associate Professor English Education
Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN

Kellee Moye
Classroom Teacher
Hunter’s Creek Middle School, Orlando, FL

Mindi Rench
Classroom Teacher
Northbrook Junior High School, Northbrook, IL

Lois Stover
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s City, MD

Diane Tuccillo
Teen Services Librarian
Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO

For more information on the award, please visit ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents


11 Responses to 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced

  1. Holly Mueller says:

    I’m so excited about your announcement of the Walden finalists! How amazing that you’re on the committee! I LOVED Aristotle and Dante and The Fault in Our Stars. I have Endangered from the library now and will need to read Ask the Passengers! Looking forward to seeing who wins!

    • Kellee Moye says:

      You’ll love the other two- great books 🙂

    • Ricki Ginsberg says:

      They are looking for new members for next year’s committee, you know. I know you teach a younger group, but I thought I’d suggest it. Perhaps, posting it here will generate interest from someone who is well-connected in the literary world. 🙂

      • Holly Mueller says:

        Wow – I think that would be amazing! How much of a time commitment is it? I love young adult literature!

        • Ricki Ginsberg says:

          It is a pretty big time commitment. Kellee and I will do a post this week explaining the process a bit more. 🙂

  2. Alyson Beecher says:

    What a great list! Yay for Aristotle and Dante!

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