Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Winners! Chosen by the Experts!

Yesterday, if you got up at 7:30 am you might have watched the unveiling of the American Library Associations Youth Media Awards. This is the equivalent of the Academy Awards for authors and illustrators. There were some pretty big surprises in the Young Adult Categories! Here are the award winners and some honors as well!

The Printz Award: aka: Best Young Adult Book of the Year! Here's the technical definition from ALA: The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

This year, the award goes to Going Bovine!

Click here to see our review of it as one of the ten best books of 2009, as well as a video of its author in a cow suit.

Other books that were named Printz Honor Books for 2010 include are:

Charles and Emma
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. 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
A monster-hunting doctor and his apprentice face off against a plague of monsters in the first book of this new series by the author of The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp series.

An award-winning writer and playwright hits the open road for a searing novel-in-letters about a street kid on a highstakes trek across America.
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.

Notes from the Madman Underground
For years, Karl has been part of the Madman Underground--kids forced to attend group therapy during school hours. Karl decides that for his senior year, he is going to get out of the group for good. He is going to act--and be--Normal. But Normal, of course, is relative.

Check back over the next few days for more coverage of the awards!

Reviews of honors from Bookletters.

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