We Need Diverse Books has announced the winners and accolades of the Walter Dean Myers Awards in 2022, which are presented each year to books for young readers that “contain diverse protagonists and address diversity in a meaningful way.”

The winner in the teens category was Angeline Boulley for Daughter of the fire brigade, a thriller about a Native American teenager who goes undercover to discover who is responsible for introducing a new, deadly drug into her community. The novel is being adapted into a Netflix series by Higher Ground’s production company, Barack and Michelle Obama.

The teen category honors were Malinda Lo’s National Book Award-winning Last night at the Telegraph Club and that of Kekla Magoon Revolution in our timefinalist of the National Book Award.

The winner of the younger readers category was Red, white and whole by Rajani LaRocca. The book follows a 13-year-old Indian-American girl dealing with her mother’s cancer diagnosis; a critic of Kirkus called it “an intimate novel that beautifully confronts grief and loss.”

Honorees in the younger readers category were: borderswritten by Thomas King and illustrated by Natasha Donovan, and Carrot Magic by Eden Royce.

Named after the prolific children’s author, the Walter Dean Myers Awards were first presented in 2016. Past winners include Jason Reynolds for Long way down and The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Michael Schaub is a Texas-based journalist and a regular contributor to NPR.