Monday, January 18, 2010

Big day for books

Early this morning in Boston the Youth Media Awards were announced. These are book honors awarded by the American Library Association and decided upon by librarians, with help from teens in their community. In fact, our very own RWL staffer Lisa is working hard at this very moment to help finalize the awards for teen Quick Picks (look for that list and others later this week). And now, without further ado, here are the teen books that walked away with top honors:

2010 Michael L. Printz Award
(teen books that exemplify literary excellence)

The winner

Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Slacker Cameron sets off on a madcap road trip along with a punk angel, a dwarf sidekick, a yard gnome and a mad scientist, to save the world and perhaps his own life.

Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes

The John Newberry Medal
(like the Printz, but for kids--and sometimes stuff that's great for all ages, like this year's winner)

The winner

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Could the mysterious notes Miranda's been receiving have explain why her best friend won't talk to her, why the Laughing Man does talk to her, and if time travel is possible?

The Alex Awards
(great books for teens that were originally published for adults)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer

The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff (former Printz winner!)

Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.

The Good Soldiers by David Finkel

The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch and Liz Welch with Amanda Welch and Dan Welch

The Magicians by Lev Grossman

My Abandonment by Peter Rock

Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel by Gail Carriger

Stitches: A Memoir by David Small

Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson

Go here for more information and other great awards.

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