Did anyone predict that one? I listened to the live stream of the ALA award ceremony earlier, and I have to say I was pretty surprised when they announced Nick Lake’s In Darkness as the winner. It’s gotten fabulous reviews, but it wasn’t on my Mock Printz list, and – I’m ashamed to say- it’s still on my “to read” pile. I was predicting a win for Code Name Verity by Wein, Dodger by Pratchett or My Book of Life by Angel by Leavitt. Of course, it’s now on the top of my pile.
There was also some buzz about TFiOS (John Green) not getting any Printz recognition. For some reason, however, I wasn’t surprised about that one. So, what do you think – was it as big of a surprise as last year?
Just in case you haven’t seen the list yet, here is the teen specific stuff:
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
“In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake , is the 2013 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers.
Four Printz Honor Books also were named: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe” by Benjamin Alire Saenz , published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein , published by Hyperion, an imprint of Disney Book Group; “Dodger” by Terry Pratchett , published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers; “The White Bicycle” by Beverley Brenna , published by Red Deer Press .
Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:
The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is “Somebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am,” written by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.
Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:
“Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman , published by Soho Press, Inc.
“Girlchild,” by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
“Juvenile in Justice,” by Richard Ross , published by Richard Ross
“Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan , published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
” My Friend Dahmer ,” by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams
“One Shot at Forever,” by Chris Ballard , published by Hyperion
“Pure,” by Julianna Baggott , published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
“The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich , published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
“Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt , published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
“Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” by Maria Semple , published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States:
“The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Greenand narrated by Kate Rudd.
Three Odyssey Honor Audiobooks also were selected: “Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian,” produced by Listening Library, written by Eoin Colfer and narrated by Nathaniel Parker ; “Ghost Knight,” produced by Listening Library, written by Cornelia Funke and narrated by Elliot Hill ; and “Monstrous Beauty,” produced by Macmillian Audio, written by Elizabeth Fama and narrated by Katherine Kellgren .
Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Saenz and published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, is the Stonewall Award winner.
Four Stonewall Honor Books were selected: “Drama,” written and illustrated by Raina Telgemeier and published by Graphix, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.; “Gone, Gone, Gone,” written by Hannah Moskowitz and published by Simon Pulse , an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division; “October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard ,” written by Leslea Newmanand published by Candlewick Press; and “Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie,” written byS. J. Adams and published by Flux, an imprint of Llewellyn Worldwide Ltd.
William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens:
“Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman , is the 2013 Morris Award winner. The book is published by Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
Four other books were finalists for the award: “Wonder Show,” written by Hannah Barnaby , published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers; “Love and Other Perishable Items,” written by Laura Buzo , published by Alfred A. Knopf , an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.; “After the Snow,” written by S. D. Crockett , published by Feiwel and Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; and “The Miseducation of Cameron Post ,” written by emily m. danforth, published by Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.
YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:
“Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin , is the 2013 Excellence winner. The book is published by Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.
Four other books were finalists for the award: ” Steve Jobs : The Man Who Thought Different,” written by Karen Blumenthal , published by Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Moonbird: A Year on the Wind with the Great Survivor B95,” written by Phillip Hoose , published by Farrar Straus Giroux , an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; “Titanic: Voices from the Disaster,” written by Deborah Hopkinson , published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic; and “We’ve Got a Job: The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March,” written by Cynthia Levinson , published by Peachtree Publishers.
Recognized worldwide for the high quality they represent, ALA awards guide parents, educators, librarians and others in selecting the best materials for youth. Selected by judging committees of librarians and other children’s literature experts, the awards encourage original and creative work. For more information on the ALA youth media awards and notables, please visitwww.ala.org/yma .
SOURCE American Library Association