Your professor seems to be a fool. Please tell him or her I said so. Books that win awards are neither the best nor the worst, but the ones the individuals voting could all agree on. Books of mine have won awards, but so what? I don't even think about things like that. However, I will tell you that I myself received the Good Conduct Medal at the Black-Foxe Military Institute in 1952, which was an honor bestowed only on the deserving and the few.