The winner of the 2016 Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award is The Amazing Book Is Not on Fire by Dan Howell and Phil Lester. The winning title was revealed at the 2017 Colorado Council International Reading Association (CCIRA) annual conference on February 2, 2017.
Dan Howell and Phil Lester are YouTube sensations who have shared their lives on the internet. Dan Howell uploaded his first YouTube video to danisnotonfire in 2009, while Phil Lester began posting to his YouTube channel, AmazingPhil, in 2006. Both have millions of subscribers to their original and additional YouTube channels, and in November 2016 released their second book, Dan and Phil Go Outside.
Over 250 votes were cast by teens and tweens from public and school libraries across Colorado to select this from all the books nominated last year. To be eligible to vote for their favorite, young adults are asked to read at least three of the nominated books.
Titles for the Blue Spruce award are nominated by Colorado youth in grades 6-12 in the annual ballot process, and must have been published in the previous three years. It is one of the few statewide book awards where students select titles to be read and voted on by other students.
Nominated titles for the 2017 Blue Spruce Award are:
All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I Was Here by Gayle Forman
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore
This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
The Treatment by Suzanne Young
Booktalks for all 2017 title nominations can be found on the Colorado Blue Spruce Award website, www.coloradobluespruceaward.org. Online voting for the 2017 award begins July 1, 2017.