It’s Book Awards Day! Since we’re a YA site, we’d like to congratulate all of the winners of the 2012 ALA Youth Media Awards but especially to the 2012 Michael L. Printz Award Winner: “Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley and Honor Books:
- “Why We Broke Up” by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
- “The Returning” by Christine Hinwood
- “Jasper Jones” by Craig Silvey
- “The Scorpio Races” by Maggie Stiefvater (the only book I’ve read of the lot, and one of our favorites from last year!)
We’d also like to point out that our very first Book Club Pick, “Under the Mesquite” by Guadalupe Garcia McCall was an honoree for the William C. Morris Award for a debut novel and also the WINNER of the Pura Belpré Award for Text. Congratulations, Guadalupe, and her publisher, Lee and Low.
As a relative newbie to YA addiction, Diana and I have been using YALSA’s website as a guide to the genre’s must-read titles. I would go to the library or the bookstore with the site loaded on my iPhone and just check out or buy whatever matched the various booklists.
This year, in addition to reading all four remaining honorees from 2012, I’ve pledged to read each of the winners from previous years (I’ve only read four!). It’s perfect, because we’re also doing the ALA YA Award Books Challenge. Here they are:
“Ship Breaker” by Paolo Brancupi
“Going Bovine” by Libba Bray
“Jellicoe Road“ by Melina Marchetta
2008: “The White Darkness” by Geraldine McCaughrean
2007: “American Born Chinese” by Gene Luen Yang
“Looking for Alaska,“ by John Green
2005: “how i live now” by Meg Rosoff
2004: “The First Part Last” by Angela Johnson
2003: “Postcards from No Man’s Land” by Aidan Chambers
2002: “A Step From Heaven” by An Na
2001: “Kit’s Wilderness” by David Almond
2000: “Monster” by Walter Dean Myers
We’re also reading at least the winners from each of the awards announced today:
1. Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: “Where Things Come Back” by John Corey Whaley
2. Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is: “The Running Dream” by Wendelin Van Draanen
3. Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences: I’ve picked “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern
4. Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author for significant and lasting contribution to YA Lit: Susan Cooper is the honoree, and I’ve picked “King of Shadows”
6. Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding YA book translated from a language other than English and subsequently published in the United States:
7. Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award -young adult book of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience. I’m going to read the honor book “Pink” by Lili Wilkinson.
8. William C. Morris Award for a debut book by a first-time author writing for teens: Since I’m already reading “Where Things Come Back,” and I’ve already read “Under the Mesquite,” I’m going to read “Between Shades of Gray,” which was one of Lily’s favorite books from 2011.
9. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults: “Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein” by Susan Goldman Rubin.