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Juvenile Book Awards Announced at ALA

January 22nd, 2007 (09:04 am)
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Current Mood: excited
Current Song: Only Hope by Mandy Moore

The results are in! Congratulations to all of recipients.

Newbery Award
Honors:
Penny From Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Winner: The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron (Read an excerpt)

** I highly recommend all three honor books, all of which are on my Best Books of 2006 list. I read The Higher Power of Lucky after it received the award.

While I enjoyed The Higher Power of Lucky to an extent, I enjoyed the runners-up quite a bit more. I think they were "meatier," and that's what I'm drawn towards: long, in-depth stories. Lucky left me wanting more: more details about her mama, her father (though I understand why there was so little about him, because he was 99% absentee dad), and Brigitte; more about the other residents in town (we didn't get to meet a good thirty of the townsfolk, and I wanted to feel that "everyone knows everyone" feeling, which I had growing up in a small town still much bigger than Lucky's); and simply more overall.

As far as the controversy over a clinical term: It had little to do with the plot and was simply technical. The book is completely G-rated.

All four titles had to do with families - not just blood relatives, but friends, both lifelong and new/unexpected; not just immediate family, but extended family (look at all of Penny's relatives!); not just mother, father, daughter, son, but guardians and others.

Printz Award
Honors:
Octavian Nothing by M.T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Winner: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

** I have read three of the honors: Octavian Nothing (tolerated), Katherines (enjoyed, marked many quotes), The Book Thief (loved, placed on my personal all-time favorite books list). I have not yet read Surrender nor American Born Chinese.

Alex Awards
BOOK OF LOST THINGS
THE WHISTLING SEASON
EAGLE BLUE
WATER FOR ELEPHANTS
COLOR OF THE SEA
FLOOR OF THE SKY
BLIND SIDE: THE EVOLUTION OF A GAME
BLACK SWAN GREEN
THE WORLD MADE STRAIGHT
THE THIRTEENTH TALE

Schneider Family Awards
Deaf Musicians (children)
Rules by Cynthia Lord (middle school)
Small Steps by Louis Sachar (teen)

Coretta Scott King
Steptoe: Traci Jones for STANDING AGAINST THE WIND
Illustrator honor: JAZZ
Poetry for Young People: LANGSTON HUGHES
Winner: MOSES
Book Honor: The Road to Paris
Winner: COPPER SUN by Draper

Margaret Edwards: Lois Lowry

Arbuthnot Lecture: David Macaulay

Wilder: James Marshall

Carnegie: Knufflebunny by Mo Willems

Batchelder
Honors: LAST DRAGON, KILLER'S TEARS
Winner: PULL OF THE OCEAN

Sibert
Honors: FREEDOM RIDERS, QUEST FOR THE TREE KANGAROO, TO DANCE
Winner: TEAM MOON

Geisel
Honors: MOVE OVER ROVER, MERCY WATSON GOES FOR A RIDE, NOT A BOX
Winner: ZELDA AND VIY: THE RUNAWAYS

Caldecott
Winner: Flotsam, illustrated by David Wiesner

Honors:
Gone Wild: An Endangered Animal Alphabet, written and illustrated by David McLimans
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

Related Booklists: Newbery Awards, Best Books of 2006

Comments

Posted by: Barbara Caridad Ferrer (ex_fashioni)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 06:13 pm (UTC)

Very cool! Thanks for posting-- I enjoyed watching these come in and hoping that next year, my name will be up there-- (the one I'm up for won't be announced until next year-- darned biannual awards). *g*

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 06:17 pm (UTC)

You better keep me posted! :)

Posted by: paulahy (paulahy)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 06:48 pm (UTC)

I follow the awards with this awed sense of wonder. On one hand I think - I don't write heavy enough to ever be in the running for such things. On the other, how cool is winning any type of award and having someone say - We acknowledge this as the best!

Still, as a newbie author, I've got to say I'm much more anxious to have, ahem, millions of teen readers love my books and characters. One piece of legit fan mail saying "hey I really liked this" is as fulfilling as any award.

But ah...I haven't gotten either yet, so here's to hoping. :-)

-P

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 22nd, 2007 07:00 pm (UTC)

One sincere compliment is worth more than one hundred false compliments. One genuine reader is worth more than a thousand persons who buy a book simply because it is a popular title / a bestseller and never read it. :)

Posted by: queen_of_ocd (queen_of_ocd)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
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** I have read three of the honors: Octavian Nothing (tolerated), Katherines (enjoyed, marked many quotes), The Book Thief (loved, placed on my personal all-time favorite books list). I have not yet read Surrender nor American Born Chinese.

I'm glad I'm not the only one who hasn't read those two, then.

The Newbery and Printz winners were big surprises to me. I thought that The Book Thief had a good chance, and I thought that The Rules of Survival would likely win. I wasn't sure about the Newbery, but I was really hoping it would be Rules.

I haven't read Octavian Nothing yet. I've heard so many good things about Anderson, but I just couldn't get into Feed at all.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)

Of M.T.'s bibliography: I have read Thirsty, Feed, Octavian (Vol I), Whales on Stilts, and The Curse of the Linoleum Lederhosen. Whales is my favorite. It made me laugh out loud. I have not read The Game of Sunken Places nor Burger Wuss.

Oh, Book Thief, how I enjoy thee. Moving, innovative, intelligent, historical, emotional . . .

Posted by: queen_of_ocd (queen_of_ocd)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 05:38 pm (UTC)
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I agree. The Book Thief is close to perfect.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 05:55 pm (UTC)

Tell me, then, that you read Number the Stars.

Posted by: queen_of_ocd (queen_of_ocd)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)

Yes, I did, but it was probably 8 or 9 years ago, so I should reread it. I can't say anything bad about Lois Lowry, either.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)

:)

Posted by: Morgan (morganlight)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 09:34 am (UTC)

YAY for Flotsam! I was floored by that book. David Wiesner rules.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: January 23rd, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)

I was waiting for you to YAY! Knufflebunny. :)

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