Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Award Winning Books for Teens!

Big library news yesterday when the ALA (American Library Association) announced the top books for young adults at the annual Midwinter meeting in Seattle.  Here are the titles!

The John Newbery Medal (for outstanding contribution to children's literature)

The One and Only Ivan The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  I read this book earlier this year, and loved it!  See my review here.

Honor books for the Newbery were:  Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz, Bomb:  The Race to Build and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin, and Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage.


The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults.

 In Darkness by Nick Lake
In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake a boy is trapped beneath the rubble of a ruined hospital: thirsty, terrified and alone. 'Shorty' is a child of the slums, a teenage boy who has seen enough violence to last a lifetime, and who has been inexorably drawn into the world of the gangsters who rule Site Soleil: men who dole out money with one hand and death with the other. But Shorty has a secret: a flame of revenge that blazes inside him and a burning wish to find the twin sister he lost five years ago. And he is marked. Marked in a way that links him with Toussaint L'Ouverture, the Haitian rebel who two-hundred years ago led the slave revolt and faced down Napoleon to force the French out of Haiti. As he grows weaker, Shorty relives the journey that took him to the hospital, a bullet wound in his arm. In his visions and memories he hopes to find the strength to survive, and perhaps then Toussaint can find a way to be free ...
Four Printz Honor books were also named:  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Dodger by Terry Pratchett, The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna.




The William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first time author writing for teens:

 Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

I am reading this book now!  I will let you know what I think when I am finished.

Other finalists for the award were:  Wonder Show by Hannah Barnaby, Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo (see my write up here), After the Snow by S. D. Crockett, and The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth.



The YALSA award for excellence in non-fiction:

 Bomb:  The Race to Build --and steal--the world's most dangerous weapon by Steve Sheinkin

honor books:  Steve Jobs:  The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal, Moonbird:  A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95 by Phillip Hoose, Titanic:  Voices fromo the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson, and We've Got a Job:  The 1963 Birmingham Children's March by Cynthia Levinson.



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