Monday, January 26, 2009

YA Award Winners Announced

Today, the American Library Association announced the top books, videos, and audiobooks for young adults and teens.

The recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award goes to Laurie Halse Anderson honoring her outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens for Chains, Catalyst, Fever 1793, and Speak, a 2000 Printz Honor Book.

The 2009 Printz Award winner is Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta. She is an Australian writer who has written two other great books, Saving Francesca & Looking for Alibrandi. We don't have Jellicoe Road yet, but no worries--it's on order!

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:
- 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

The 2009 Newbery Medal winner is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Dave McKean. Huzzah for Neil! He's having a great week between promoting his new movie, Coraline and winning :-)

Four Newbery Honor Books were named:
- The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
- The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
- Savvy by Ingrid Law
- After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

For a complete of all winners and honorees, check them out here.

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