Posted by kacates on January 11, 2011
Yesterday the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) announced the winners of all their major young adult book awards, including the big one, the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.
I'm really excited about this year's winner, Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi. The author has written adult science fiction, and this is his first book for teens. It's set in a dystopian near-future world in which the oil has run out and crews of young kids, including main character Nailer, scavenge materials from the wrecks of old ships and tankers. I loved this one, and I'd highly encourage you all to run to the library and check this one out!
The Printz Honor winners are Stolen by Lucy Christopher, Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick, and Nothing by Janne Teller. It's a good bunch this year, so I hope they get lots of checkouts from you guys.
YALSA gives out lots of other awards besides the Printz, and I'm pretty happy with the results. There are a few I haven't read but can't wait to get to. Here's the complete list of award winners and honor books for those who are curious:
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award goes to a first-time author of a young adult book:
|The Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston (Winner)|
|Hush by Eishes Chayil (Finalist)|
|Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (Finalist)|
|Hold Me Closer, Necromancer by Lish McBride (Finalist)
|Crossing the Tracks by Barbara Stuber (Finalist)
The Coretta Scott King Book Award goes to an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults:
|One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia (Winner)|
|Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers (Honor)
|Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes (Honor)
|Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty by G. Neri and Randy DuBurke (Honor)
The YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults.
|Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing by Ann Angel (Winner)|
|They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group by Susan Campbell Bartoletti (Honor)
|Spies of Mississippi: The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers (Honor)
|The Dark Game: True Spy Stories by Paul Janeczko (Honor)|
|Every Bone Tells a Story: Hominin Discoveries, Deductions, and Debates by Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw (Honor)
The Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award is a new award this year, going to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience.
|Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher (Winner)
|Will Grayson, will grayson by John Green and David Levithan (Honor)
|Love Drugged by James Klise (Honor)
|Freaks and Revelations by Davida Willis Hurwin (Honor)|
|The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams (Honor)|
Several other great awards were given out as well, including the Alex Awards for best adult books that appeal to teen audiences, the Schneider Family Book Award for best expression of the disability experience, and the Pura Belpré award for books that celebrate the Latino cultural experience. For the full list of award winners, check out the ALA's press release. To see past award-winners, you can check out the booklists right here on this site, which I'm working on updating right now.