Two years ago, Emily and I started the tradition of award giving here on Stuck in the Stacks that we affectionately called Top of the Stacks! While a lot of things have changed in the last two years, we are excited to continue the tradition of award giving here on Stuck in the Stacks.
Emily read a lot of middle grade and almost no YA and Haley did the opposite, reading predominantly YA and virtually no Middle Grade.
As a reminder, these awards go to the books that were our favorites in any given genre. We are also not limiting my list to 2021 releases either. If I read it this year, it is in the running for a Top of the Stacks Award.
So, without further ado, on with the show!
Haley’s YA Pick: Pride and Premeditation by Tirzah Price
Haley’s MG Pick: Alone by Megan E. Freeman
Emily’s MG Pick: Tuesdays At the Castle by Jessica Day George
Haley’s YA Pick: Roxy by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman
Emily’s MG Pick: Bud Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Honorable Mentions: What Beauty There Is by Cory Anderson
Haley’s YA Pick: What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
Emily’s YA Pick: The Bone Shard Daughter by Andrea Stewart
Honorable Mentions: Mark of the Wicked by Georgia Bowwrs
Haley’s YA Pick: Fire With Fire by Destiny Soria
Emily’s YA Pick: Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko
Honorable Mentions: It Ends With Fire by Andrew Shvarts
Haley’s YA Pick: The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldovsky
Emily’s MG Pick: The Girl and the Ghost by Hanna Alkaf
Honorable Mentions: The Devil Makes Three by Tori Bovalino
Haley’s YA Pick: The Girls Are Never Gone by Sarah Glenn Marsh
Emily’s MG Pick: The Tea Dragon Society by K. O’Neill
Honorable Mentions: The River Has Teeth by Erica Waters
Favorite OwnVoices Novel
Haley’s YA Pick: White Smoke by Tiffany D. Jackson
Emily’s MG Pick: Inside Out And Back Again by Thannha Lai
Honorable Mentions: Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos
Haley’s YA Pick: Lost Girls by Sonia Hartl
Emily’s MG Pick: The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Christ Colfer
Honorable Mentions: Stalking Shadows by Cyla Panin; Small Favors by Erin A. Craig
Haley’s YA Pick: You Have A Match by Emma Lord
Honorable Mentions: Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer
Favorite Science Fiction
Haley’s MG Pick: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan
Honorable Mentions: Hatch by Kenneth Oppel
Haley’s YA Pick: Our Violent Ends by Chloe Gong
Emily’s MG Pick: Aru Shah and the Tree of Wishes
Honorable Mentions: Dark Waters by Katherine Arden
Haley’s YA Pick: Dark and Shallow Lies by Ginny Meyers Sain
Emily’s MG Pick: The Circus of Stolen Dreams by Lorelei Savaryn
Honorable Mentions: The Ivies by Alexa Donne; The Project by Courtney Summers
What About You?
Do you have any favorites that we missed? Have you read any of our favorites? Let us know in the comments!