‘Bout That Medal Life: Five Award-Winning Books To Add To Your Shopping List

The wonders of award-winning books—its vivid illustrations and masterful storytelling, the genres it explores—all these make them appealing to many age segments, most importantly to young readers.

These well-thought out books are designed for children and teens to help impart valuable lessons and hone skills in art, creativity and imagination, reading and writing, as well as critical thinking. Furthermore, award-winning books serve as a springboard for social studies, science, and even math lessons.

Whether you are searching for a gift for the young ones or just looking for the next book to add to your library, here are five books to put on your list that the Manila International Book Fair (MIBF) recommends. Slated this Sept. 11-15, at the SMX Convention Center, MOA Complex, Pasay City, the 40th MIBF will gather hundreds of book publishers, authors, and distributors under one roof for the biggest and longest-running book fair of the country.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. This New York Times bestseller by multi-awarded author Anthony Doerr tells the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths cross as they try to survive in occupied France during World War II. Filled with stunning physical detail, the book paints a crisp image of life during the devastation of the war and how against all odds, people try to be good to one another. A Pulitzer Prize winner, YALSA Alex Awardee, and recipient of the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction, All the Light We Cannot See is a deeply moving novel that will leave readers at the edge of their seat.

The House of Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature as well as the Michael L. Printz and Newbery Honors, this page-turner is a modern sci-fi classic follows the story of Matteo Alacrán—a clone bred for his organs by the notorious drug lord El Patrón—in his journey to escape his tragic fate, find the meaning of his existence, and discover his humanity.

Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada-Kelly. Written by critically-acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada-Kelly, this book puts together intertwining points of view of an eclectic cast of misfits in an epic rescue. Kaori, Gen, and Valencia’s quest to find the missing Virgil is a delightful novel that celebrates friendship, bravery, and finding your inner hero. Hello, Universe is a recipient of the Newbery Medal

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. In this fearless and engaging debut by author Angie Thomas, Starr Carter finds her voice to fight injustice in the two communities she lives in: her poor neighborhood Garden Heights and her elite private school Williamson Prep. Praised for its “smooth but powerful prose” and its timeliness, the book has been awarded with several accolades namely, the William C. Morris Award for Best Debut Book for Teens, the Coretta Scott King Honor for Best Novel by an African-American Author for Children, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the Young Adult section, the American Bookseller’s Association Indie Award for Best Young Adult Novel, and the Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Best Novel for Teens. Bearing a strong socio-political message in light of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, The Hate U Give is a compelling and relatable story that is very relevant today.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz. An imaginative novel exploring family and friendship, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe is a coming-of-age story about two Mexican-American boys that share a special friendship—the life-changing kind that lasts a lifetime. Recipient of the Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for Young Adult Fiction, Pura Belpré Narrative Medal, and the Stonewall Book Award, this marvel by Benjamin Alire Saénz is a meticulous and honest exploration of identity.

Find these titles and other award-winning books at booths like Fully Booked, National Book Store, Anvil Publishing, IBC Book Consolidators Inc., and many more at the 40th MIBF!

Organized by Primetrade Asia, Inc., fairgoers can get a hold of exclusive deals and limited items like new releases, bestsellers, and even collector’s items.

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