2011 Printz Award (and others) announced!

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.

And the Printz Award goes to…

Posted by kacates on January 18, 2010

The Young Adult Library Association has announced the winners for the 2010 Michael L. Printz Award, given out to the book best exemplifying “literary excellence in young adult literature”. Here they are:

2010 Printz Winner: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

All 16-year-old Cameron wants is to get through high school—and life in general—with a minimum of effort. It’s not a lot to ask. But that’s before he’s given some bad news: he’s sick and he’s going to die. Which totally sucks. Hope arrives in the winged form of Dulcie, a loopy punk angel/possible hallucination with a bad sugar habit. She tells Cam there is a cure—if he’s willing to go in search of it. With the help of a death-obsessed, video-gaming dwarf and a yard gnome, Cam sets off on the mother of all road trips through a twisted America into the heart of what matters most.

Personally, I loved Going Bovine, and I'm pretty glad to see it win the big award, but it's definitely a vastly different book from Bray's previous books, the Great and Terrible Beauty series.  It's alternately heartwarming, headscratching, and hilarious – but mostly hilarious.  I had no idea that Libba Bray was so stinkin' funny.  If you doubt me, check out the bizarre “book trailer” she made for Going Bovine here.

2010 Printz Honor Winners:

Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman

Charles Darwin published The Origin of Species, his revolutionary tract on evolution and the fundamental ideas involved, in 1859. Nearly 150 years later, the theory of evolution continues to create tension between the scientific and religious communities. Challenges about teaching the theory of evolution in schools occur annually all over the country. This same debate raged within Darwin himself, and played an important part in his marriage: his wife, Emma, was quite religious, and her faith gave Charles a lot to think about as he worked on a theory that continues to spark intense debates.  Deborah Heiligman's new biography of Charles Darwin is a thought-provoking account of the man behind evolutionary theory: how his personal life affected his work and vice versa. The end result is an engaging exploration of history, science, and religion for young readers.

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey

These are the secrets I have kept.  This is the trust I never betrayed.  But he is dead now and has been for more than forty years, the one who gave me his trust, the one for whom I kept these secrets.  The one who saved me…and the one who cursed me.

So begins the journal of Will Henry, orphaned assistant to Dr. Pellinore War throp, a man with a most unusual specialty: monstrumology, the study of monsters. In his time with the doctor, Will has met many a mysterious late-night visitor, and seen things he never imagined were real. But when a grave robber comes calling in the middle of the night with a gruesome find, he brings with him their most deadly case yet.

Punkzilla by Adam Rapp

For a runaway boy who goes by the name “Punkzilla,” kicking a meth habit and a life of petty crime in Portland, Oregon, is a prelude to a mission: reconnecting with his older brother, a gay man dying of cancer in Memphis. Against a backdrop of seedy motels, dicey bus stations, and hitched rides, the desperate fourteen-year-old meets a colorful, sometimes dangerous cast of characters. And in letters to his sibling, he catalogs them all — from an abusive stranger and a ghostly girl to a kind transsexual and an old woman with an oozing eye. The language is raw and revealing, crackling with visceral details and dark humor, yet with each interstate exit Punkzilla’s journey grows more urgent: will he make it to Tennessee in time?

Tales of the Madman Underground by John Barnes

Wednesday, September 5, 1973: The first day of Karl Shoemaker’s senior year in stifling Lightsburg, Ohio. For years, Karl’s been part of what he calls “the Madman Underground”—a group of kids forced (for no apparent reason) to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl has decided that senior year is going to be different. He is going to get out of the Madman Underground for good. He is going to act—and be—Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative. Karl has five after-school jobs, one dead father, one seriously unhinged drunk mother . . . and a huge attitude. Welcome to a gritty, uncensored rollercoaster ride, narrated by the singular Karl Shoemaker.

Sooo…what do you guys think?  Do you agree with the selection committee's choices?  Is there a book from the past year that you think should've gotten the award?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

The results are in…

Posted by kacates on October 23, 2009


…and John Green has trounced Stephenie Meyer in the 2009 Teens' Top Ten awards!  His Paper Towns tops the list, followed by Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer.  Here's the full list:

  • Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin/Dutton)
  • Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
  • City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Identical by Ellen Hopkins (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
  • Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon & Schuster/Simon Pulse)
  • Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast (St. Martin's Griffin)
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart (Disney-Hyperion)
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Harcourt/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Visit the ALA's Teens' Top Ten website for more information, including an announcement video featuring several WWE stars and John Green himself.  I'm thrilled to see several of my favorites from the past year on the list, including The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, Graceling, and The Hunger Games.  How about you guys?  What are your favorites from the list?  Are there any books from the past year that you think should've made the cut?  Let me know in the comments.