Young Adult Winner: The Sun is Also a Star

Not only is Nicola Yoon answering the call for more diversity in YA Literature, she is also creating compelling, honest, and memorable characters in her fiction. The Sun Is Also a Star, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, is told from the alternating perspectives of two teenagers – one a Korean American boy who is on the "doctor tract" despite his proclivity for poetry; the other, a Jamaican girl who is desperately trying to save her family from their imminent deportation. Over a single day we watch how fate weaves its way into their lives. The stellar performances by Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, and Dominic Hoffman ensure that Yoon’s work will soon become essential listening.