Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ALA Youth Media Award Winners (or Silver and Gold Writing Lessons)

Tip of the Day, Librarian Edition: If a library fine of less than $1 appears erroneously on your account, please make sure your freak-out to the library staff is monetarily equivalent. It is hard to take you seriously if you are foaming at the mouth over 50 cents.


Just wow.

None of the books that the Printz Club read made it on the Printz list this past Monday, and overall I only read one of the Printz books. I read about 150 teen novels last year -- how could I miss them?

In other news, my TBR pile now has four more titles on it. :)

One of the Newbery Club books made it onto the list, but only two honor books were chosen in addition to the Newbery winner.

You can see here that my predictions and wishes were wrong or not granted.

But congratulations to all of the winners, especially to the authors who books my Newbery and Printz Clubs read:

BETWEEN SHADES OF GREY by Ruta Sepetys (Morris Honor)
WONDERSTRUCK by Brian Selznick (Shneider Award)
OKAY FOR NOW by Gary Schmidt (Odyssey Honor)
INSIDE OUT AND BACK AGAIN by Thanhha Lai (Newbery Honor)

As a writer, I look at the winners above and hope that I can channel the parts I love from them:

--Ruta's historical accuracy and chilling setting
--Brian's daring storytelling techniques
--Gary's emotional truth and complexly layered characters
--Thanhha's powerful brevity and lyricism

Did any of your favorites win? What have you learned from their writing, or what do you hope to achieve?

Deena, Miss Subbing for Pubbing


Kate Fall said...

I haven't read any of those novels! Although READY PLAYER ONE has gotten so much buzz in speculative fiction circles, it's very, very high on my TBR pile. Lots of surprises this year, just like last year!

Jennifer R. Hubbard said...

I'm terrible at predicting these, and once again I haven't read the Printz winner. (But I usually try to, after it's announced!)

Emily Marshall said...

Haven't read any of them. Award books usually aren't my think. Eventually I might have to cave and read a few of them though.

In regards to the tip, it's so true. Usually the angry ones are always the ones that don't owe much.

DeenaML said...

Kate -- I am excited about a number of the Alex Awards too! I have NIGHT CIRCUS on hold right now....

Jennifer -- I was happy that I had BOUGHT for my lib all the winners! That was a close win even if I'd only read one of them lol! I have the winner on my TBR stack now and am excited to read it.

Emily -- 70 CENTS!!!! :-P