2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist

The 2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Committee – amazingly served by Annette Goldsmith, Gene Hayworth, Kim Rostan, Laura Simeon, and Elaine Tai – is honored to announce the 2019 inaugural shortlist. Please help us celebrate these fine translations and the publishers behind them by encouraging your teen readers to explore the world through the eyes of this amazing group of authors!

Alpha by Bessora and Barroux, translated from the French by Sara Ardizzone (Bellevue Literary Press) – FRANCE

Bronze and Sunflower by Cao Wenxuan, translated from the Chinese by Helen Wang (Candlewick Press (US), Walker Books (UK)) – CHINA

Defying the Nazis: The Life of German Officer Wilm Hosenfeld by Hermann Vinke, translated from the German by H.B. Babiar (Star Bright Books) – GERMANY

La Bastarda by Trifonia Melibea Obono, translated from the Spanish by Lawrence Schimel (Feminist Press) – EQUATORIAL GUINEA

Max by Sarah Cohen-Scali, translated from the French by Penny Hueston (Roaring Brook Press (US), Walker Books (UK)) – FRANCE

My Brother’s Husband: Vol. 1 & 2 by Gengoroh Tagame, translated from the Japanese by Anne Ishii (Pantheon) – JAPAN

Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais, translated from the French by the author (Pushkin Children’s Books) – FRANCE

Rasha by Muhammed Zafar Iqbal, translated from the Bengali by Arunava Sinha (Penguin Random House India) – BANGLADESH

The Secret of the Blue Glass by Tomiko Inui, translated from the Japanese by Ginny Tapley Takemori (Pushkin Children’s Books) – JAPAN

Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam, translated from the Swedish by Laura A. Wideburg (Flatiron Books) – SWEDEN

Which of these is your favorite? Which English translations from the past three years (2015-2018) do you think should have made our list? Follow our blog for the announcement of the prize winner in two weeks’ time.

GLLI Translated YA Book Prize logo designed by Genesis Capote.

8 thoughts on “2019 GLLI Translated YA Book Prize Shortlist

  1. Reblogged this on September: World Kid Lit Month and commented:
    The Global Literature in Libraries Initiative has announced the ten-book shortlist for the first-ever GLLI YA in Translation prize! The books are translated from seven different languages and feature a range of different genres.

    The winner will be announced at the end of the month.

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  2. Thank you, judges Annette Goldsmith, Gene Hayworth, Kim Rostan, Laura Simeon, and Elaine Tai!

    This shortlist is so wonderfully exciting! I can’t wait to read every title! You have created a shortlist that, I believe, will have readers coming back next year for more global YA recommendations. Thank you so much, for starting this tradition off in style, and for all of your hard work reading these books.

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  3. This is so exciting, and I’m happy to see all of these titles being promoted! I would have loved to see “The Librarian of Auschwitz“ on this list too.

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