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‘Too Bright to See’ and ‘Last Night at the Telegraph Club’ win 2022 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

CHICAGO – “Too Bright to See” by Kyle Lukoff and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House, and “Last Night at the Telegraph Club” by Malinda Lo and published by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, are the 2022 winners of the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award. The award was announced today by the American Library Association (ALA) Stonewall Book Awards – Children’s & Young Adult Committee of the Rainbow Round Table, during LibLearnX: The Library Learning Experience, held virtually from January 21 to 24.

The Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Awards are given annually to English-language works of exceptional merit for children or young people related to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience. The award will be presented to the winning authors or publishers at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference and Exposition in Washington, DC in June.

“Through rich language, careful attention to detail, and deft mastery of the genre, these books bring queer pasts to life, celebrate queer gifts, and imagine queer futures,” said Dani Crickman, Chair of the Children’s Committee and young adults from the Stonewall Book Awards.

One Stonewall Book Award – Children’s Award Book was nominated:

“Too Bright to See”, written by Kyle Lukoff, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

Bug’s house has always felt haunted. But after Uncle Roderick dies the summer before middle school, the ghosts seem to inspire Bug to ask new questions. Lukoff brings lyricism and empathy to this atmospheric mystery.

One Stonewall Book Award — Young Adult Book Award was nominated:

“Last Night at the Telegraph Club”, written by Malinda Lo and published by Dutton Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

As the expectations of her family and society grow closer, Lily Hu discovers her true self hidden in the shadows of the Telegraph Club. Lo brings the love of young lesbians and the Chinese-American experience to life in 1950s San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Three Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Award Honor Books have been nominated:

“Almost Flying”, written by Jake Maia Arlow and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

During a road trip with her future half-sister, Dalia’s theme park dreams finally come true. But when she realizes she has a crush on another girl, summer becomes a roller coaster of emotions. This story of queer joy explores what it means to be yourself and find a family.

“The Darkness Outside Us”, written by Eliot Schrefer and published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

In this multi-layered mystery, two space teenagers from warring societies leave a climate-ravaged future Earth on a deeply personal mission. Ambrose and Kodiak are compelling characters whose enduring romance and visceral battle for survival draw the reader into this exceptionally crafted science fiction novel.

“Grandad’s Camper”, illustrated and written by Harry Woodgate and published by Little Bee Books.

A vibrant road trip down memory lane with Grandad takes readers on an adventure like the one he used to have with Gramps. Woodgate captures family, loss and love in this beautiful visual story that connects generations.

The 2022 Stonewall Book Awards – Children’s and Young Adult Committee members are: Chairman Dani Crickman, Boston Public Library, Boston, Massachusetts; L. Lee Butler, The Key School, Annapolis, Maryland; Lindsey Helfrich, Sacramento Public Library, Elk Grove, CA; Juliana Paslay, Contra Costa County Libraries, Antioch, CA; Becky Reiser, Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton, CA; Sarah F. Rodriguez, Scarsdale Public Library, Stratford, Connecticut; Angie Rundle, St. Louis County Library, Saint Louis, Missouri; David C. Saia, Heim Middle School, Williamsville, New York; Shayna Szabo, LA County Library, North Hollywood, CA; Julia Verbanic, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, New York; Jayne Walters, Indianapolis Public Library – West Indianapolis Branch, Indianapolis, Indiana; Lea Wentworth, McCracken County Public Library, Paducah, Ky.; and Stuart Wilkinson, Sonoma County Library, Guerneville, CA.

For more information on the Stonewall Book Awards – Mike Morgan and Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award and other ALA Youth Media Awards, please visit www.ala.org/yma.

The American Library Association’s Rainbow Round Table (RRT) – formerly known as GLBTRT – is the oldest professional association for LGBTQIA+ people in the United States. It is committed to meeting the information needs of the LGBTQIA+ professional library community and the information and access needs of individuals in general. It is home to GLBT Book Month ™, a national celebration each June, and the Stonewall Book Award, the top prize for LGBTQIA+ books. The Rainbow Round Table is committed to encouraging and supporting free and necessary access to all information, as reflected in the missions of the American Library Association and democratic institutions.

The American Library Association (ALA) is the leading national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, championing the profession and the role of the library in improving learning and access to information for all. For more information, visit ala.org.