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2016 Mind the Gap Awards: The books that didn’t win at ALA

2016 Mind the Gap Awards
Not all deserving books bring home ALA awards.
The books that didn’t win.

The dog ate your medal The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach
Dancing in the dark The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Lost in space It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee
Down with the ship Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman,
illustrated by Brendan Shusterman
Sunk Float by Daniel Miyares
Braked My Bike by Byron Barton
Cracked Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm and
Matthew Holm, illustrated by Matthew Holm
Stung The Nest by Kenneth Oppel,
illustrated by Jon Klassen
Still waiting Wait by Antoinette Portis
Lost count Two Mice by Sergio Ruzzier
It’s been nice Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Unemployed The Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz


From the July/August 2016 issue of The Horn Book Magazine. See how The Horn Book reviewed the 2016 Mind the Gap Award recipients here. For more speeches, profiles, and articles click the tag ALA 2016.



  1. Thank you for publicizing these fabulous titles! I’ve read pretty much all of them and a HUGE YES to each title for their excellence!

  2. I’ve read most of this list and they are terrific.
    Fun way to shine a little light on some books worth reading and worth talking about.

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