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AWARD WINNERS: Christy Award - Young Adult (Christian Fiction)

The Christy Awards were started In the spring of 1999 when nearly a dozen Christian publishers confirmed the need for establishing a Christian fiction award to recognize novelists and novels of excellence in several genres of Christian fiction.

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Storm siren

Weber, Mary, author.


Facing her fifteenth sell as a slave, Nym is purchased by an emissary who puts her to work honing her weather-manipulating skills to help the kingdom of Faelen win its war, and she is plunged into a world of politics and sinister evils.

2015 Winner

This quiet sky

Bischof, Joanne.


Sarah Miller doesn't expect anything special in her rural schoolhouse until she meets a boy with a fatal illness.

2015 Nominee

Child of the mountains

Shank, Marilyn Sue.


In the early 1950s, Lydia Hawkins has grown up poor in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia with her widowed mother, brother BJ, who has cystic fibrosis, and her Gran, but when Gran and BJ die and her mother is jailed unjustly, Lydia must try to remain strong and clear her mother's name, even after she learns a shocking secret from the uncle with whom she is sent to live.

2013 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner


Otte, John W., 1974-


Why did Robin Laughlin (a.k.a. Failstate) think being a superhero on a reality show would be a good idea? Things seemed so simple: Win the show, become an official, licensed hero. But with his brother, Ben (a.k.a. Gauntlet) stealing America's heart-and with Rob's own powers proving too unwieldy for TV-Failstate begins to wonder if he's going to live up to the failure in his name. Until one of his friends and fellow competitors is murdered. Robin vows to find the killer, and he sets out on a very real quest to unmask the hidden villain.

2013 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

Interrupted : a life beyond words

Coker, Rachel.


After the loss of her mother, Allie is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Betrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Clinging to the past is comforting but will it cost Allie her chance to be loved?

2013 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist


Bergren, Lisa Tawn.


Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Bentarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives with their parents, famed Etruscan scholars, among the romantic hills. Stuck among the rubble of medieval castles in rural Tuscany on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds-- until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces. And thus does she come to be rescued by the knight-prince Marcello Falassi, who takes her back to his father's castle--a castle Gabi has seen in ruins in another life. Suddenly Gabi's summer in Italy is much, much more interesting. But what do you do when your knight in shining armor lives, literally, in a different world?

2012 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner


The merchant's daughter

Dickerson, Melanie.


In 1352 England, seventeen-year-old Annabel, granddaughter of a knight and a would-be nun, eludes a lecherous bailiff but falls in love with Lord Le Wyse, the ferocious and disfigured man to whom her family owes three years of indentured servitude, in this tale loosely based on Beauty and the Beast.

2012 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

How huge the night : a novel

Munn, Heather, 1981-


In 1940, fifteen-year-old Julien Losier moves with his family from Paris to a small rural town in France to live with his grandfather, where he becomes involved in matters of life and death when they shelter a Jewish boy in their home.

2012 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

Motorcycles, Sushi and One Strange Book (Real Life)

Rue, Nancy N.


Fifteen-year-old Jessie Hatcher, forced to go to Florida with the father she thought was dead, finds that his faith, a book that seems to speak to her heart, and new friends help her get control of her ADHD and her life.

2011 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner

The Healers Apprentice

Dickerson, Melanie.


In this story loosely based on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, seventeen-year-old Rose, a healer's apprentice, falls in love with the betrothed Lord Hamlin, who is seeking the sorcerer who cursed his future bride.

2011 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

The Charlatan's Boy: A Novel

Rogers, Jonathan, 1969-


Grady knows nothing of his origins--he does not even have a last name--but as he and a huckster travel from one small, frontier town to another he poses one of the wild, ugly swamp beasts called feechies.

2011 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

Beautiful : Truth's Found When Beauty's Lost

Martinusen-Coloma, Cindy, 1970-


Much admired, beautiful, driven high school senior Ellie thinks she has her life all mapped out, but when tragedy suddenly strikes shortly after her hated grandfather's funeral, she is left to wonder what it all means.

2010 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

North! Or Be Eaten: Wild escapes. A desperate journey. And the ghastly Fangs of Dang. (The Wingfeather Saga)

Peterson, Andrew.


Jealousies and bitterness threaten to tear apart the three Igiby siblings, heirs to a legendary kingdom across the sea, just when they must work together to battle the monsters of Glipwood Forest, the thieving Stranders of the East Bend, and the dreaded Fork Factory.

2010 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner

The Fruit of My Lipstick (All About Us #2)

Adina, Shelley.


Brilliant student and devout Christian Gillian Chang gets her first boyfriend during her junior year at Spencer Academy in San Francisco, but her friends think he may not be good for her.

2009 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist


I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires (Civil War Series #2)

Gohlke, Cathy.


The bonds linking family and the lines separating enemies have become very blurry for 17 year old Robert. With his father away fighting for the Union, Robert must decide to act alone in order to help his ailing mother, extricate his injured Confederate Uncle, and bring relief to his cousin, Emily.When he unwittingly gets entangled in a Confederate escape plot, Robert must forge his anger and shame into a new determination to save his family. And, perhaps, he must also realize that the saving might not be entirely up to him. Honor and duty to God and country aren't as clear-cut as he hoped them to be.

2009 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness: Adventure Peril, Lost Jewels, and the Fearsome Toothy Cows of Skree (The Wingfeather Saga)

Peterson, Andrew.


Once, in a cottage above the cliffs on the Dark Sea of Darkness, there lived three children and their trusty dog Nugget. Janner Igiby, his brother Tink, their crippled sister Leeli are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice and pursue the Igibys who hold the secret to the lost legend and jewels of good King Wingfeather of the Shining Isle of Anniera.

2009 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist

Hollywood Nobody (Hollywood Nobody Series, Book 1)

Samson, Lisa, 1964-


Fifteen-year-old Scotty Dawn travels to movie sets with her mom, Charley, a food designer. Scotty is determined to discover what she wants from life. She’s even documenting the journey on her “Hollywood Nobody” blog. But as Scotty begins to ask tough questions, will her story have a happy ending?

2008 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner

Maggie Come Lately (The Pathway Collection #1)

Buckman, Michelle.


While most girls are going to parties, Maggie is busy acting as mother and housewife to her two brothers and father. When she turns 16, Maggie hopes it will be a great year. But then she hears a noise in the woods that takes her on a path that changes her life forever.

2008 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist


William Henry is a Fine Name (Civil War Series #1)

Gohlke, Cathy.


A compelling coming-of-age story about a 13 year old boy in the pre-Civil War south attempting to make sense of the surrounding chaos. As he comes to terms with his father’s involvement in the Underground Railroad and his mother’s antipathy toward abolitionism young Robert finds himself at a crossroads. His best friend is a black boy named William Henry and the dehumanizing effects of slavery are unquestionable in Robert’s mind – he realizes he cannot just sit idly by. His family is pitted against him and Robert’s feelings of justice and family loyalty have enough conflict to start a war of their own…

2007 Christy Awards - Young Adult Winner

The Way of the Wilderking (The Wilderking Trilogy)

Rogers, Jonathan.


A reluctant Aidan, recently returned home to Corenwald after three years in the Feechiefen Swamp, learns of a new party of Aidanites who believes he is the destined king to overthrow the tyrant King Darrow.

2007 Christy Awards - Young Adult Finalist


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