Wednesday, February 5, 2014

And the Printz Award Goes to......

Every year, librarians all over the country get excited at the end of January to find out which books will win the ALA Youth Media Awards. The awards behind the bright and shiny stickers you see on book covers (like the Caldecott and the Newbery Award). We at TATAL get particularly excited about the Printz award- the award for excellence in young adult literature. This year it went to a book that our very own Librarian M had as one of her faves of last year (we've told you she's got a knack for predicting these things haven't we?)....


Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
That cover is pretty boring, right? Let’s take a look at the painting that inspired this book:

That is Swedish painter Carl Larsson’s Midvinterblot. It depicts the sacrifice of a king by a community in order to bring an end to three years of famine.

Sedgwick’s book is a collection of seven stories that have a number of recurring themes and references, including the painting Midvinterblot. The main connection uniting the stories is a pair of souls that manifest themselves in different bodies throughout the ages and always have some sort of connection to each other.

The stories all take place on the same island and begin in the year 2073 and work backwards until “time unknown.” Some are creepy, some are sad, and some are horrifying, but they are all totally engaging and engrossing. If you’re anything like me, you’ll find yourself flipping back to earlier stories to work out how they all fit together.

Anyone looking for a unique experience with YA literature should check this title out ASAP.

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