It’s awards season, and not just for movies. Many young adult books have been honored in the past few months….here are the winners:
Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
by Melina Marchetta
Abandoned by her mother on Jellicoe Road when she was eleven, Taylor Markham, now seventeen, is finally being confronted with her past. But as the reluctant leader of her boarding school dorm, there isn’t a lot of time for introspection. And while Hannah, the closest adult Taylor has to family, has disappeared, Jonah Griggs is back in town, moody stares and all.
In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.
2009 Michael L. Printz Honor Books
- The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II, The Kingdom on the Waves by M.T. Anderson
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan
National Book Award: Young People’s Literature
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
When Evie’s father returned home from World War II, the family fell back into its normal life pretty quickly. But Joe Spooner brought more back with him than just good war stories. When movie-star handsome Peter Coleridge, a young ex-GI who served in Joe’s company in postwar Austria, shows up, Evie is suddenly caught in a complicated web of lies that she only slowly recognizes.
She finds herself falling for Peter, ignoring the secrets that surround him . . . until a tragedy occurs that shatters her family and breaks her life in two. As she begins to realize that almost everything she believed to be a truth was really a lie, Evie must get to the heart of the deceptions and choose between her loyalty to her parents and her feelings for the man she loves.
2009 National Book Award Honor Books
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks by E. Lockhart
- The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
- The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
YALSA’s 2009 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults
- It’s Complicated: The American Teenager by Robin Bowman
- Waiting for Normal by Leslie Conner
- Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Pena
- Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
- Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher
- Baby by Joseph Monninger
- Nation by Terry Pratchett
- Skim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
- The Brothers Torres by Coert Voorhees
These are just some of the winner and lists of what was tops last year. Check out more on the library’s website at www.skpl.org/teenbookawards!