January 2013

Odyssey Award Winner Announced!

The Fault in Our StarsThe Odyssey Award for Excellence in Audiobook Production is given annually to the producer of the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States. 

The 2013 winner is:

The Fault in Our Stars, produced by Brilliance Audio, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd.

What's it about?
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.

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Alex Award Winners Announced!

ALEX AwardThe Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

The 2013 Winners are:

Caring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.

Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams

One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion

Pure, by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

The Round House, by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.


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Printz Award Title Announced!

In DarknessThe Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature. 

The 2013 winner is:
In Darkness, written by Nick Lake, published by Bloomsbury Books for Young Readers. 

What's it about?
This is the story of "Shorty"-a 15-year-old boy trapped in a collapsed hospital during the earthquake in Haiti. Surrounded by the bodies of the dead, increasingly weak from lack of food and water, Shorty begins to hallucinate. As he waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, a mystical bridge seems to emerge between him and Haitian leader Toussaint L'Ouverture, uniting the two in their darkest suffering-and their hope. A modern teen and a black slave, separated by hundreds of years. Yet in some strange way, the boy in the ruins of Port au Prince and the man who led the struggle for Haiti's independence might well be one and the same . . .

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