Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award is awarded annually to an author for lifetime achievement for young adult literature. It is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.

 

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2016
David Levithan. Two Boys Kissing and others

A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today's gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

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2015
Sharon M. Draper. Tears of a Tiger and others

The death of high school basketball star Rob Washington in an automobile accident affects the lives of his close friend Andy, who was driving the car, and many others in the school.

2014
Markus Zusak. The Book Thief and others

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

2013
Tamora Pierce.  Trickster's Choice and others

Alianne must call forth her mother's courage and her father's wit in order to survive on the Copper Isles in a royal court rife with political intrigue and murderous conspiracy.

2012
Susan Cooper. The Dark is Rising and others
On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark.
2011
Terry Pratchett. The Wee Free Men and others
A young witch-to-be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of six-inch-high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland.

2010

Jim Murphy.  An American Plague and others

It's 1793, and there's an invisible killer roaming the streets of Philadelphia. The city's residents are fleeing in fear. This killer has a name--yellow fever--but everything else about it is a mystery. Its cause is unknown and there is no cure. This book traces the devastating course of the epidemic. The book offers a glimpse into the conditions in American cities at the time of our nation's birth while drawing thought-provoking parallels to modern-day epidemics.

2009

Laurie Halse Anderson.  Speak and others

A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.

2008

Orson Scott Card.  Ender's Game and others

An outstanding tale of the child-hero Ender Wiggin, who must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive.

2007

Lois Lowry.  The Giver and others

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

2006

Jacqueline Woodson.  Miracle's Boys and others

Twelve-year-old Lafayette's close relationship with his older brother Charlie changes after Charlie is released from a detention home and blames Lafayette for the death of their mother.

2005

Francesca Lia Block.  Weetzie Bat and others

Follows the wild adventures of Weetzie Bat and her Los Angeles friends, Dirk, Duck, and My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man.

2004

Ursula K. Le Guin.  Tales from Earthsea and others

Explores further the magical world of Earthsea through five tales of events which occur before or after the time of the original novels, as well as an essay on the people, languages, history and magic of the place.

2003
Nancy Garden. Annie on My Mind and others
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.
 
2002
Paul Zindel. The Pigman and others
A teenage boy and girl, high school sophomores from unhappy homes, tell of their bizarre relationship with an old man.
2001
Robert Lipsyte. One Fat Summer and others
Overweight Bobby Marks hates the summertime because he can't hide under heavy clothing. Then he gets a job grooming the grounds of Dr. Kahn's estate, and it isn't long before he finds out how terrifying and exhilirating, how dangerous and wonderful, one fat summer can be.
2000
Chris Crutcher. Running Loose and others
Louie, a high school senior in a small Idaho town, learns about sportsmanship, love, and death as he matures into manhood.
1999
Anne McCaffrey. Dragonflight and others
To the nobles who live in Benden Weyr, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. Now the time has come for Lessa to take back her stolen birthright. But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa's world is threatened by Thread, which falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world.
1998
Madeleine L'Engle. A Wrinkle in Time and others
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
1997
Gary Paulsen. Hatchet and others
After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given to him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.
1996
Judy Blume. Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret and others
Faced with the difficulties of growing up and choosing a religion, a twelve-year-old girl talks over her problems with her own private God.
1995
Cynthia Voigt. Dicey's Song and others
Now that the four abandoned Tillerman children are settled in with their grandmother, Dicey finds that their new beginnings require love, trust, humor, and courage.
1994
Walter Dean Myers. Hoops and others
A teenage basketball player from Harlem is befriended by a former professional player who, after being forced to quit because of a point shaving scandal, hopes to prevent other young athletes from repeating his mistake.
 
1993
M.E. Kerr. Dinky Hocker Shoots Smack and others
Fifteen-year-old Tucker's life changes in many ways when he meets the unusual overweight girl who gives his cat a home.
1992
Lois Duncan. I Know What You Did Last Summer and others
Four teen-agers who have desperately tried to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident are pursued by a mysterious figure seeking revenge.
1991
Robert Cormier. The Chocolate War and others
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.
1990
Richard Peck. The Last Safe Place on Earth and others
Fifteen-year-old Todd sees his perfect suburban world start to unravel when his little sister has her mind poisoned by a member of a fundamentalist sect and he begins to notice signs of censorship in his community.
 
1989
No Award given.
1988
S.E. Hinton. The Outsiders and others
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.