The ALA (American Library Association) Awards came out today. In case you’re new, these are basically the Academy Awards of the Young Adult writing world. As usual this year, there were some obvious choices, and also—many favorites that seemed to be left out in the cold. Please, read the list, and then drop us a comment as to which YA novel you think was overlooked.
Newbury Award (for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature):
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
Newbury Honor Books:
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
When You Reach Me is a title bandied about frequently on YAlitchat discussions and via other YA avenues, so this win should come as no surprise to those in the know.
William C. Morris Award (honors book written by a first-time author for YA):
Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
Tons of amazing press out there in the YA world for Flash Burnout, so again, this choice should come as no big surprise.
Coretta Scott King Award (recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and YA)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux
Nelson Printz Award (excellence in literature written for YA):
So far, so good, right? But next is where the ALA dove into more controversial waters. According to scuttlebutt around the web, some highly regarded books didn’t make it to the list of Printz honories as expected. Now, this isn’t knocking the winners in any way–we congratulate each and every one of them for excellence in the genre. Honestly, it’s more a matter of which titles are missing.
Printz Winner: Going Bovine by Libba Bray.
Printz Honor Books: Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tale of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes
So, we want to hear your opinion. Which fabulous YA book(s) do you think were overlooked? Drop us a comment and let us know!
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