At the November ceremony in New York City, author Sabaa Tahir was awarded the 2022 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature for her novel, All My Rage.

The committee said, “In unflinching prose, All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir layers grief and love in a complex exploration of how we hurt each other and how buried traumas can cloud all. Seamlessly traversing from Lahore, Pakistan to Juniper, California, Tahir has created a compelling cross-generational story where characters are interconnected in their search for community. All My Rage is of the moment, urgent in its honest depiction of abuse, debt, and the significance of forgiveness.”

You can view Tahir’s acceptance speech here:

The other finalists were The Ogress and the Orphans by Kelly Barnhill, The Lesbiana’s Guide to Catholic School by Sonora Reyes, Victory, Stand! Raising My First for Justice by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile, and Maizy Chen’s Last Chance by Lisa Yee.

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Sabaa Tahir accepts her award. 
Photo credit: Beowulf Sheehan