Monday, January 23, 2012

Quick Guesses for the ALA Awards

TODAY is a big day in the world of Libraries. It's the day of the American Library Association's Youth Media Awards. They'll be announcing the winners in the big categories like Caldecott, Newbery Award and of course, The Printz.

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 8:30 am on Monday and librarians/ book sellers/authors across the world were tuned in to their computers to see what was awarded the prizes.

Since we're blogging before the announcement comes out, we thought we'd throw some of our picks to win the Printz.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor (see our full reviews here and here)
What the catalog says:
Seventeen-year-old Karou, a lovely, enigmatic art student in a Prague boarding school, carries a sketchbook of hideous, frightening monsters--the chimaerae who form the only family she has ever known
What she says:
I think it's going to win because I think it's an excellent book, it was well written and it was also well received. Also the author is a National Book Award winner and I think she'll pick up another prize here.

The Monster Calls by Tim Ness (based on an idea by Siobhan Dowd) (more on this title)
What the catalog says:
Thirteen-year-old Conor awakens one night to find a monster outside his bedroom window, but not the one from the recurring nightmare that began when his mother became ill--an ancient, wild creature that wants him to face truth and loss. 
What she says: 
This one leaves everyone in tears and in awe of the writing and illustrations. I think it'll be a hard act to beat.

Our guesses for honors:
Everybody Sees the Ants by A.S. King (see our full review)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (see our full review)
Life: An Exploded Diagram by Mal Peet
Chime by Frannie Billingsly

TUNE IN TOMORROW for our announcements of the winners! (see how wrong/right we are!)

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