Monday, January 26, 2009

2009 ALA Awards!

So you all caught the webcast, right? Just in case you missed it and/or the stupid website kept crashing your browser like it did mine, the Printz went like this:

Winner
Jellicoe Road, Melina Marchetta

Honor books
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing II, M.T. Anderson
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, E. Lockhart (yes!!)
Nation, Terry Pratchett
Tender Morsels, Margo Lanagan

Then, other stuff:
Laurie Halse Anderson won the Margaret Edwards author award!

The brand-new Morris Award for good YA by a first-time author went to A Curse Dark as Gold, by Elizabeth C. Bunce, and there were four other finalists: Graceling, Absolute Brightness, Madapple, and Me, the Missing and the Dead.

The Odyssey award for best audio went to The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian, narrated by the author, Sherman Alexie (and the audio version of Nation was an honor book). Oh, and then some non-YA book narrated by Steve Buscemi was an honor book too, so that's got to be worth a listen.

The Schneider Family Award for good books about kids with disabilities went to a book I sort of disparaged in a previous post, Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen.

**UPDATE**
I just typed that really quick this morning as I was watching it online, and then I had to go do some actual work. Obviously it's not complete, and I was going to link to the ALA website, but it is really really slow right now. So here's a link to a press release with full details of all the awards.

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