Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Big Winners! The Oscars for YA Books!

The Printz Award is awarded every year to a book that "exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature." It's definitely like the Oscars for the young adult lit world. This year, the announcements were at 10:00 on Monday and librarians/ book sellers/authors across the world were tuned in to their computers to see what was awarded the prizes. In fact, the winners even made the trending topics on twitter! Pretty neat.

Anyways, enough with the talk, let's see the winners!

There were four honor books this year:

 Nothing by Janne Teller
From this post:
" This disturbing book wasn't fun (think Lord of the Flies meets No Exit), but it has stayed with me the longest. If you think nothing matters can Nothing shock you?"

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
From this post:
"Vera Dietz may want to blend in to the background, but this is one book that I could not ignore. Vera is one of my favorite characters of the year, because of her hard edge, her drive and her amazing pizza delivery skills. On top of that, how many books give you the point of view of a giant pagoda in the middle of town?"
See also this post and this one
And our review here.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher
From this post:
"Gemma is kidnapped from a Bangkok airport and taken to the Australian outback. There is no one around for miles and no way to escape, although Gemma does try. As time goes on, Gemma starts to feel sympathetic to her captor, Ty. Will she ever escape?"
See this post too

Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick
From BookLetters:
"A loaded gun, stolen gold, and a menacing stranger. A taut frontier survivor story, set at the time of the Alaska gold rush."

And, Drum Roll Please! The WINNER of the 2011 Printz Award goes to:

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
From this post:
 This post-apocalyptic thriller set in the New Orleans area at some future time pits poor scavengers (the ship breakers) against the rich "swanks". The action never stops and Nailer, Pima and Lucky Girl are among the characters you will keep thinking about long after you turn the final page. Check it out!

We're pretty excited about the awards this year and that 4 out of the 5 were on our best of lists! Yay Books!

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