Friday, January 22, 2010

ALA Youth Media Awards (continued)


The Michael L. Printz Award


(From the ALA website)
The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.

Mike was active in YALSA and served on the Best Books for Young Adults Committee and the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee. He had a passion for books and reading. Finding the right book for the right student at the right time was not just a slogan to Mike-he lived it. He also appreciated the authors who wrote books for young adults and demonstrated this by initiating an author-in-residence program at his high school. One of those authors was Chris Crutcher, who became a close friend. Chris recalls the quiet times he spent with Mike talking with him about his vision of young adult literature and its place in kid's lives and says, "The ache I feel [upon hearing of Mike's death] is my wish that he could have accepted for himself what he so readily gave to us, readers and writers alike; a place to stand in the circle of the joy and heartache that is storytelling."

YALSA has created a place, a circle if you will, for Mike to stand and be recognized- that place is the Michael L.Printz Award.

YALSA published A Printz of a Man, a volume of articles written by Mike's friends and colleagues in 1997. Copies were given to the participants at the YALSA preconference, Popular Reading, which was dedicated to Mike, in San Francisco. It is now available on this web site for the reader's information and enjoyment.


2010 Honor books
Winner imageCharles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
by Deborah Heiligman, published by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group
Winner imageThe Monstrumologist
by Rick Yancey, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Winner imagePunkzilla
by Adam Rapp and published by Candlewick Press
Winner imageTales from the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance, 1973
by John Barnes and published by Viking Children’s Books, a division of Penguin Young Reader’s Group

2010 Printz Award Winner


Winner imageGoing Bovine
by Libba Bray
Sixteen year old slacker, Cameron, sets off on a madcap road trip along with a punk angel, a dwarf sidekick, a yard gnome and a mad scientist, to save the world and perhaps his own life.

This wildly imaginative modern day take on Don Quixote is complex, hilarious and stunning. The hero’s journey will never be the same after “Going Bovine.”


Watch the winners be announced here!





Congratulations to Libba Bray on a most deserved win!

(If I can find it I will try to upload a video of Libba reading from Going Bovine at the Jefferson Market Public Library!)

Until next time,

1 comment:

  1. I just started reading Going Bovine and it's amazing! Also, I've given you an award over at my blog. Check it out! http://hookedonyabooks.blogspot.com/2010/01/awards-yay.html

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