A Chicago blizzard prevented many of the authors of the recognized titles from attending the Morris/Nonfiction awards, but Morris winner Isabel Quintero managed to take the stage, and Nonfiction winner Maya Van Wagenen gave librarians a shout out via video.
In this round of industry news, learn about the Association for Library Service to Children’s Day of Diversity for children’s literature in collaboration with the Children’s Book Council—plus several grants geared toward enhancing your library’s collection.
The Morris Award Winner was announced at the Youth Media Awards at ALA Midwinter 2014. The Winner: Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn. St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan. From my review: “Charm & Strange is a brilliant look at a damaged child, and the teenager he becomes. It’s […]
Congrats to Eleanor & Park, which has been named a 2014 Michael L. Printz Honor Book for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and Charm & Strange, which has been named the 2014 winner of the William C. Morris Award. NOTE: This content was sponsored and contributed by Macmillan.
YALSA has announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award; see YALSA’s the Hub for the list of finalists and the official annotations. The five finalists, with my comments, are: Charm & Strange written by Stephanie Kuehn, published by St. Martin’s Griffin, an imprint of St. Martin’s Press, a division of Macmillan. I just got this from […]
This past December, YALSA announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award. Edited to add: The Award went to Seraphina by Rachel Hartman! You can get more information on the Morris Award at the YALSA website. I’ve had the chance to read and review all the books, and let me say, it’s going to […]
Love and Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo. Alfred A. Knopf, Random House. 2012. Review copy from publisher. YALSA Morris Award Finalist. The Plot: Amelia, fifteen, is in love with Chris. Chris is her co-worker at the local supermarket. Chris is twenty-one years old. Chris is finishing up university, trying to get over Michaela, figuring out what […]
After the Snow by S. D. Crockett. Feiwel & Friends, an imprint of Macmillan. 2012. Review copy from publisher. Finalist for the YASLA Morris Award. The Plot: Willo is watching and listening and waiting. Willo was born after the weather changed, after the seas dried up and the snow kept coming and coming, and people got […]
YALSA has announced the shortlist for the William C. Morris YA Debut Award.
From YALSA’s the Hub, the five finalists are:
Wonder Show, written by Hannah Barnaby, published by Published by Houghton Mifflin, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Love and Other Perishable Items, written by Laura Buzo, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s […]
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone, Kat Rosenfield
Dutton, May 2012
Reviewed from ARC
Buzz and anticipation, impressive writing, and a whole that ends up not quite hitting it out of the park — haven’t we heard this story before?
Amelia Anne Is Dead and Gone has some really magnificent sentence level writing. Some of the best out there […]
Grave Mercy and The Wicked and the Just are, in so many ways, polar opposites.
But how often do we see YA books set in the Middle Ages? Not very, which makes it almost impossible not to think of these in a compare and contrast essay. So that’s what you get.
Both feature strong female heroines, well […]