Thumbs Up! Awards

The Thumbs Up! Award was established by the Michigan Library Association in 1986 to recognize the excellence--and to celebrate the uniqueness--of Teen/Young Adult literature. A committee made up of young adult and teen librarians from around the state meets several times during the year to determine the winner. Beginning in 2001, the Thumbs Up! Committee has also included a teen vote.

2011 Thumbs Up! Award Winner

Sorta Like a Rock Star by Matthew QuickSorta Like a Rock Star
Quick, Matthew
ISBN: 9780316043526
Amber Appleton lives in a bus. Ever since her mom's boyfriend kicked them out, Amber, her mom, and her totally loyal dog, Bobby Big Boy (aka Thrice B) have been camped out in the back of Hello Yellow (the school bus her mom drives). Still, Amber, the self-proclaimed princess of hope and girl of unyielding optimism, refuses to sweat the bad stuff. But when a fatal tragedy threatens Amber's optimism--and her way of life, can Amber continue to be the rock star of hope?

2011 Thumbs Up! Honor Books

Revolution by Jennifer DonnellyRevolution
Donnelly, Jennifer
ISBN: 9780385737630
Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel CohnDash and Lily's Book of Dares
Cohn, Rachel
ISBN: 9780375866593
After Ever After by Jordan SonnenblickAfter Ever After
Sonnenblick, Jordan
ISBN: 9780439837064