Wednesday, January 20, 2010

2010 Award winners

The literary award winners were released this past weekend.

Michael L. Printz Award - excellence is literature for young adults.
Winner:Going Bovine by Libba Bray

Cameron Smith, a disaffected sixteen-year-old who, after being diagnosed with Creutzfeld Jakob's (aka mad cow) disease, sets off on a road trip with a death-obsessed video gaming dwarf he meets in a hospital in an attempt to find a cure.

Honors go to:
Charles and Emma: The Darwin's Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of a Madman Underground: A Historical Romance by John Barnes

William C. Morris Award - best book written by a first-time author for young adults.
Winner: Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan

Fifteen-year-old amateur photographer Blake gains self-awareness through his relationships with a girlfriend and a friend who he helps come to terms with her feelings about her homeless, methamphetamine-addicted mother.

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award - recognizes an African-American first-time author.
Winner: The Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

In 1968 Chicago, fourteen-year-old Sam Childs is caught in a conflict between his father's nonviolent approach to seeking civil rights for African-Americans and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.

Coretta Scott King - Victoria Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement
Winner: Walter Dean Myers
Books byMyers:
Fallen Angels
MonsterStreet Love
Dope Sick
Sunrise Over Fallujah
Somewhere in the Darkness
and more

Alex Awards - 10 best adult books that appeal to teens
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer
The Bride's Farewell by Meg Rosoff
Everything Matters! by Ron Currie, Jr.
The Good Soldiers by David Finkel
The Kids Are All Right: A Memoir by Diana Welch & Liz Welch
The Magicians by Lev Grossman
My Abandonment by Peter Rock
Soulless by Gail Carriger
Stitches: A Memoir by David Small
Tunneling to the Center of the Earth by Kevin Wilson

If a title you are interested in is not available at the Lansing Library, ask your librarian to order it for you via Interlibrary Loan.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

January's Book of the Month

Paper Towns
By John Green

Q has always had a thing for the girl-next-door, Margo Roth Spiegelman. When they were kids, Q and Margo always played together. When they reached high school, Margo turned into one of the most popular and mysterious teens in the school. Q did not. One night during their senior year of high school, Margo shows up at Q’s window and insists he drive her around town. Little does Q know what Margo has planned, but he is soon faced with smelly fish, blue paint, and paper towns. Q heads to school the next day, expecting his bizarre adventure with Margo to continue, but soon finds out that Margo has vanished.

Disappearing is not a new trick for Margo, but Q senses something is wrong. Margo has left various clues which seem to just lead to more clues and more dead ends. Q finally decides the only way to find Margo is to take on the difficult task of tracking her down across various states in time for their graduation ceremony. Q is faced with the realization that maybe Margo doesn’t want to be found. Maybe she wants to live the rest of her life in a paper town, a town that only exists on maps.

Paper Towns is quirky and original. Green spares no expense in creating an elusive, unattainable character like Margo. Margo is barely present in the book, but is almost more developed than Q, the narrator. Once again, Green packs his novel with a humor all of its own. Paper Towns is a coming of age story with a twist of unpredictability and full of emotion.

Feel free to comment on this month's selection or tell us what book you believe should be the next book of the month.