I was so excited to read the press release of the ALA Youth Media Awards. Granted, I was late in reading them. I was up until 7:30 am coughing from bronchitis as well as finishing Laurie Halse Anderson’s fabulous new book, The Impossible Knife of Memory, and the soon to be released middle grade book by Karen Foxlee, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy.
So I wound up sleeping till mid afternoon, but I was so excited to see that Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures which I recently gushed over, won the Newbery Medal. Paperboy by Vince Vawter was the one Newbery Honor book that I’ve read and reviewed.
As to the Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults, I was also excited to see that Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick won and that Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell and Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner were named as Honor Books. I haven’t read Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool, but I have it on hold at my library along with P.S. Be Eleven by Rita Williams-Garcia, winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award This important award for such a crucial age group, and most of the others besides the Newbery, is sorely left out of many newspapers.
I can’t wait to listen to the audiobook of Scowler by Daniel Kraus and narrated by Kirby Heyborne, winner of the 2014 Odyssey Award. When I was on the Odyssey Award Committee in 2012 we picked Rotters by Kraus, also narrated by Kirby Heyborne. It is the terrifying, but compelling story of the descent of a high school boy who has recently moved in with his father after his mother’s death into the world of grave robbing. I know Scowlers will be just as exciting.
Another book that won an award that is not as well known, the Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience, is Rose under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, a heart rending book about women who were experimented upon at Ravensbrück. It was selected in the teen section.
I would be remiss not to congratulate Australian writer Marcus Zuzak, winner of the 2014 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. His most well known book is The Book Thief, but his other books, I am the Messenger, Fighting Ruben Wolfe, and Getting the Girl also deserve praise.
Congratulations to the authors of all these books and the many others that were winners and honor recipients. A full list can be found here. Congratulations also to all the committee people who have worked long hours all through the year, reading or listening to hundreds of books. I though I had posted more of my reviews here, but I guess not. While I was still working, I was lucky if I got to put them on GoodReads.