Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 BBYA

This was supposed to be a snow day!
My doctor's appointment was canceled; my stupid work meeting was canceled.  I tidied the apartment and got myself snow day supplies and filled the coffeemaker in advance and had big plans to watch Jersey Shore from bed all day, but then it snowed less than they said and the public schools are open, so now I have to shower or something.  Eventually.

More importantly, the ALA has released their 2011 Best Books for Young Adults, which is quite long, and also the Top Ten:
Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi
Revolution, Jennifer Donnelley
Finnikin of the Rock, Melina Marchetta
Amy & Roger's Epic Detour, Morgan Matson
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride
Trash, Andy Mulligan
Bamboo People, Mitali Perkins
The Things a Brother Knows, Dana Reinhardt
Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Saenz
Revolver, Marcus Sedgwick

Monday, January 10, 2011

The great thing about following YA lit awards is that they're pretty manageable.  The field's only been handing out big awards for the last 10 or 15 years.  The Printz started in 2000; the National Book Awards added the Young People's Lit category in 1997, and so on.  Even if you're new to the field you can catch up on all the big winners.  Try doing that with "adult" literature, or with those Newberys that go back to, what, 1929 or something?  YA is as do-able as it is awesome.  Here's the full list of Printz winners and honor books. 

So, as I do every year about this time, I've decided to finally get around to reading the handful that I still haven't read.  I have huge mental blocks about The Ropemaker by Peter Dickinson (which I've checked out of the library several times and returned it unread again and again) and Black Juice by Margo Lanagan (which I've read the first quarter of about four times).  But I will push through!  Also, I had an off year in 2008 and totally ignored the honor books.  So I've never read One Whole and Perfect Day or Dreamquake despite having heard good things about them.  And I once picked up Your Own, Sylvia but as one of those ladies who spent her youth being a bit obsessed with Sylvia Plath, I was sort of bothered by the way they co-opted her style to tell her story.  But I'm ready to be wrong on that one since I know so many people who really love it.  Anyway.  Just five books, plus a few from today, and then I'll be all caught up.  A pretty pointless accomplishment, but what isn't?

ALA Youth Media Awards — 2011 winners!

It's my favorite day of the year!  The day I come into work and spend the whole morning watching an online video.  Or I guess that's not so unlike any other day, except that the video I'm watching is not that double rainbow guy. It's the ALA awards announcements, and that's way more exciting!

Ship BreakerPrintz Award
Honor Books:
Stolen, Lucy Christopher
Please Ignore Vera Dietz, A.S. King
Revolver, Marcus Sedgwick
Nothing, Janne Teller

Ship Breaker, Paolo Bacigalupi  !!!!

This has never happened to me before in my entire YA-awards-following life, but just moments before the announcements started I was musing aloud to an uninterested coworker that Ship Breaker should win the Printz.  I was gesticulating excitedly while he backed slowly away.  So I was fairly certain that it wouldn't win, because that's how my predictions go. 

And then the rest:
Alex Awards for adult books of interest to young people:
The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To, DC Pierson
Breaking Night, Liz Murray
Girl in Translation, Jean Kwok
The House of Tomorrow, Peter Bognanni
The Lock Artist, Steve Hamilton
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Aimee Bender
The Radleys, Matt Haig
The Reapers are the Angels, Alden Bell
Room, Emma Donoghue
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, Helen Grand

Schneider Family Book Awards Best Teen Book:
Five Flavors of Dumb, Antony John

Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature Award
Honor books:
Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green and David Levithan
Love Drugged, James Klise
Freaks and Revelations, Davida Willis Hurwin
The Boy in the Dress, David Walliams

Almost Perfect, Brian Katcher

Coretta Scott King Author Award
Honor Books:
Lockdown, Walter Dean Myers
Ninth Ward, Jewell Parker Rhodes
Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, G. Neri

One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia

Margaret A. Edwards Award (for an author's lasting contribution to young adult lit)
Terry Pratchett!!!

William C. Morris Award (best book by a first-time author)
Hush, Eishes Chayil
Guardian of the Dead, Karen Healey
Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, Lish McBride
Crossing the Tracks, Barbara Stuber
The Freak Observer, Blythe Woolston

YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Award
They Called Themselves the KKK, Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Spies of Mississippi, Rick Bowers
The Dark Game: True Spy Stories, Paul Jaceczko
Every Bone Tells A Story, Jill Rubalcaba and Peter Robertshaw

Janis Joplin: Rise Up Singing, Ann Angel

I assume there are full details at the ALA website (including results of the non-YA lit awards), but it seems to be loading verrrry slowly right now.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

2011 Scott O'Dell Award

One Crazy SummerThe 2011 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction goes to One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia!  It skews a little young for my usual YA tastes, but I loved this book about three sisters who spend the summer with the mother who abandoned them and end up going to a Black Panther summer camp.  And judging by twitter posts it was a fan favorite for the National Book Award last year. 

And OMG—all the YALSA award winners are going to be announced on Monday!!  It's the biggest day of the YA awards year!

Tune in starting at 7:45 am pacific time (I'm glad I'm on the east coast...) to see who will win:  The Printz award for excellence in YA lit, the Edwards Award for lifetime achievement by a YA author, the Alex Awards for adult books with teen appeal, the Odyssey Award for best audiobook, the Morris Award for first-time YA authors and the YA Nonfiction Award, which is pretty self explanatory.