Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Printz Award: Who won?

So.... What won?? Yesterday we threw our guesses up on the wall and saw how they stuck.

We didn't do all that well, BUT we're giving a shout out to Librarian M who managed to get almost all of the winners in her best of 2011 picks. We're happy she's our YA collection specialist!

First up: The Honor Books

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler ; art by Maira Kalman Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.

The Returning by by Christine Hinwood
When the twelve-year war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home to his village, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved. 

Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (more on this title)
Charlie Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help. Terribly afraid but desperate to impress, Charlie follows him into the night. Jasper takes him to his secret glade, where Charlie witnesses Jasper's horrible discovery.  In the simmering summer where everything changes, Charlie learns why the truth of things is so hard to know, and even harder to hold in his heart.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (see our full review)
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line
** This one was the number one pick of TATAL for 2011.


Where Things Come Back by John Corey Waley
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.

Have you read any of these? What do you think?

This week we'll be digging a little deeper into the rest of the winners for 2011!

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