Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book

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Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
Awarded forBest young adult science fiction or fantasy book
Presented byWorld Science Fiction Society
First awarded2018
Most recent winnerNaomi Novik (The Last Graduate)

The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book is an award given annually to a book published for young adult readers in the field of science fiction or fantasy.[1] The name of the award was chosen because a lodestar is "a star that guides or leads, especially in navigation, where it is the sole reliable source of light—the star that leads those in uncharted waters to safety."[2] The nomination and selection process is administered by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), and the award is presented at the Hugo Award ceremony at the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, although it is not itself a Hugo Award.[1]

Lodestar Award nominees and winners, using the same procedures as the Hugo Awards, are chosen by supporting or attending members of the Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The final selection process is defined in the WSFS Constitution as instant-runoff voting with six nominees, except in the case of a tie. The books on the ballot are the six most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of books that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members from January through March, while voting on the ballot of six nominations is performed roughly from April through July, depending on the dates of that year's Worldcon.[3] Worldcons are generally held in August or early September, and are held in a different city around the world each year.[4][5]

Prior to the creation of the award, unsuccessful attempts had been made to add a Best Young Adult Book or similar category to the Hugo Awards, leading to the creation of a WSFS committee in 2014 to make recommendations on the issue. The committee concluded in 2017 that opposition to the category was largely due to its nature as a type of story rather than a format, like the other categories, and proposed making it a named non-Hugo award instead.[2] This proposal was agreed upon by the WSFS members. The award was created and named in separate amendments to the WSFS constitution, in 2017[6] and 2018[1] respectively, so it did not have a formal name in its inaugural year, and was referred to as the World Science Fiction Society Award for Best Young Adult Book.[7]

In the five years the award has been given, 22 authors have had works nominated. Each year has seen a different winner: the 2018 award was won by Nnedi Okorafor, the 2019 award by Tomi Adeyemi, the 2020 award by Naomi Kritzer, the 2021 award by Ursula Vernon under the alias T. Kingfisher, and the 2022 award by Naomi Novik. Vernon has had works nominated three times (as Kingfisher), and six other authors have been nominated twice.

Winners and finalists[edit]

In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the novel was first published. Each year links to the corresponding "year in literature". Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the finalists.

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Winners and nominees
Year Author(s) Novel Publisher Ref.
2018 Nnedi Okorafor* Akata Warrior Viking Press [8]
Ursula Vernon (as T. Kingfisher) Summer in Orcus Sofawolf Press
Sarah Rees Brennan In Other Lands Big Mouth House
Frances Hardinge A Skinful of Shadows Macmillan Publishers / Harry N. Abrams
Sam J. Miller The Art of Starving HarperTeen
Philip Pullman The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage Alfred A. Knopf
2019 Tomi Adeyemi* Children of Blood and Bone Henry Holt and Company / Macmillan Publishers [9]
Holly Black The Cruel Prince Little, Brown and Company / Hot Key Books
Dhonielle Clayton The Belles Freeform / Gollancz
Rachel Hartman Tess of the Road Random House / Penguin Teen
Justina Ireland Dread Nation Balzer + Bray
Peadar Ó Guilín The Invasion David Fickling Books / Scholastic
2020 Naomi Kritzer* Catfishing on CatNet Tor Teen [10]
Frances Hardinge Deeplight Macmillan Publishers
Yoon Ha Lee Dragon Pearl Disney/Hyperion
Ursula Vernon (as T. Kingfisher) Minor Mage Argyll Productions
Fran Wilde Riverland Amulet Books
Holly Black The Wicked King Little, Brown and Company / Hot Key Books
2021 Ursula Vernon* (as T. Kingfisher) A Wizard's Guide to Defensive Baking Argyll Productions [11]
Aiden Thomas Cemetery Boys Swoon Reads
Naomi Novik A Deadly Education Del Rey Books
Darcie Little Badger Elatsoe Levine Querido
Tracy Deonn Legendborn Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Jordan Ifueko Raybearer Amulet Books / Hot Key Books
2022 Naomi Novik* The Last Graduate Del Rey Books [12]
Naomi Kritzer Chaos on CatNet Tor Teen
Xiran Jay Zhao Iron Widow Penguin Teen / Rock the Boat
Jordan Ifueko Redemptor Amulet Books / Hot Key Books
Darcie Little Badger A Snake Falls to Earth Levine Querido
Charlie Jane Anders Victories Greater Than Death Tor Teen / Titan Books

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "2019 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. 2019-09-18. Archived from the original on 2019-07-29. Retrieved 2019-04-02.
  10. ^ "2020 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. 2020-04-07. Archived from the original on 2021-11-19. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  11. ^ "2021 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. 2021-12-18. Archived from the original on 2021-05-06. Retrieved 2022-01-03.
  12. ^ "2022 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. 2022-09-04. Archived from the original on 2022-09-05. Retrieved 2022-09-04.