Freeman Book Awards

Young Adult / High Category Winners


Every Falling Star

By Sungju Lee and Susan Elizabeth McClelland (Amulet, an imprint of ABRAMS)

Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story

By Caren Stelson (Carolrhoda Books)


The Forbidden Temptation of Baseball

By Dori Jones Yang (SparkPress)


By Cindy Pon (Simon & Schuster; Simon Pulse)

Tanabata Wish

By Sara Fujimura (Wishes Enterprises, LLC)


Go: A Coming of Age Novel

By Kazuki Kaneshiro, Illustrated by Takami Nieda (AmazonCrossing)

The Astonishing Color of After

By Emily X.R.Pan (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Girls on the Line

By Jennie Liu (Lerner Publishing Group/Carolrhoda Lab)

A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

Edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman (Harper Collins Publishers)

The Analects: An Illustrated Edition

By Confucius, Adapted and illustrated by C.C. Tsai, With a foreword by Michael Puett (Princeton University Press)

Dragon Ridge Tombs

By Tianxia Bachang, Translated by Jeremy Tiang (Penguin Random House)


The Weight of Our Sky

By Hanna Alkaf (Simon & Schuster, Salaam Reads)

Patron Saints of Nothing

By Randy Ribay (Penguin Young Readers, Kokila)

Indigo Girl

By Suzanne Kamata (Gemma Media)


Crossing the Farak River

By Michelle Aung Thin (Annick Press)

Year of the Rabbit

By Tian Veasna, Translated by Helge Dascher (Drawn & Quaterly)

The Silence of Bones

By June Hur (Macmillan)

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes

By Lun Zhang and Adrien Gombeaud, Illustrated by Ameziane (IDW Publishing)


By Won-pyung Sohn, Translated by Sandy Joosun Lee (Harper Collins)

Like Spilled Water

By Jennie Liu (Lerner Publishing Group)

Banned Book Club

By Kim Hyun Sook, Ryan Estrada, Illustrated by Hyung-Ju Ko (Iron Circus Comics)


Tsunami Girl

By Julian Sedgwick, Illustrated by Chie Kutsuwada (Guppy Books)

The Waiting

By Keum Suk Gendry-Kim, Translated by Janet Hong (Drawn and Quarterly)


By Eto Mori, Translated by Jocelyne Allen (Counterpoint Press)

Freedom Swimmer

By Wai Chim (Scholastic)

The Minamata Story

By Sean Michael Wilson, Illustrated by Akiko Shimojima (Stone Bridge Press)

The Forest of Stolen Girls

By June Hur (Feiwei & Friends)


The Color of the Sky Is the Shape of the Heart

Chesil, Translated by Takami Nieda (Soho Teen)

K-Pop Revolution

Stephan Lee (Point)

The Red Palace

June Hur (Feiwel & Friends)

Strike the Zither

Joan He (Roaring Brook Press)


An Echo in the City

K. X. Song
(Little, Brown and Company Books for Young Readers)

Catfish Rolling

Clara Kumagai
(Amulet Books)

My Father, the Panda Killer

Jamie Jo Hoang
(Crown Books for Young Readers)

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