Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ALA Youth Media Award Winners 2013!

The votes are in and the American Librarian Association (ALA) has announce the winners of this years' Youth Media Awards!
Since this blog focuses on Teen and Tween lit, I'm only going to go over the winners that are of interest to Tweens and/or Teens.  Click here for a full list of winners.


John Newbery Medal: "For the most outstanding contribution to children's literature."

"Splendors and Gloom
by Laura Amy Schlitz
is a Newbery Honor Book

When Clara vanishes after the puppeteer Grisini and two orphaned assistants were at her twelfth birthday party, suspicion of kidnapping chases the trio away from London and soon the two orphans are caught in a trap set by Grisini's ancient rival, a witch with a deadly inheritance to shed before it is too late.

Click here to see if it is available from our library.

"Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon"
by Steve Sheinkin
is a Newbery Honor Book

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Click here to check if it is available from our library.

"Three Times Lucky"
by Sheila Turnage
is a Newbery Honor Book

Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a café and co-parent of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder.

Click here to check if it is available from our library.


Coretta Scott King Book Award- "recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults."

"Hand in Hand:  Ten Black Men Who Changed America"
by Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illstrated by Brian Pinkney
is the King Author Book winner

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.

Click here to check if it is available from our library.


Michael L. Printz Award- "for excellence in literature written for young adults."

"In Darkness"
by Nick Lake
is the 2013 Printz Award winner

In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804.

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"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
is a Printz Honor Book

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.




"Code Name Verity"
by Elizabeth Wein
is a Printz Honor Book

In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and great courage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all that she can.

Click here to check if it is available in our library.




"Dodger"
by Terry Pratchett
is a Printz Honor Book

In an alternative version of Victorian London, a seventeen-year-old Dodger, a cunning and cheeky street urchin, unexpectedly rises in life when he saves a mysterious girl, meets Charles Dickens, and unintentionally puts a stop to the murders of Sweeny Todd.

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Alex Awards- "for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences."

"Caring is Creepy"
by David Zimmerman

Suspecting that her overworked nurse mother has been enmeshed in a boyfriend's petty criminal schemes, fifteen-year-old Lynn Marie engages in online flirtations and hides a troubled AWOL soldier in the storage space of her home.

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"Girlchild"
by Tupelo Hassman

Rory Hendrix is the least likely of Girl Scouts. She hasn't got a troop or even a badge to call her own. But she's checked the Handbookout from the elementary school library so many times that her name fills all the lines on the card, and she pores over its surreal advice (Uniforms, disposing of outgrown; The Right Use of Your Body; Finding Your Way When Lost) for tips to get off the Calle: that is, the Calle de las Flores, the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop.

Rory's been told that she is one of the "third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom." But she's determined to prove the county and her own family wrong. Brash, sassy, vulnerable, wise, and terrified, she struggles with her mother's habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good. From diary entries, social workers' reports, half-recalled memories, arrest records, family lore, Supreme Court opinions,and her grandmother's letters, Rory crafts a devastating collage that shows us her world even as she searches for the way out of it.


Click here to check if it is available in our library.

"Juvenile in Justice"
by Richard Ross

Winner of the 2012 Best News and Documentary Photography Award from the American Society of Magazine Editors for a selection published in Harper’s Magazine, the photographs in Juvenile in Justice open our eyes to the world of the incarceration of American youth. The nearly 150 images in this book were made over 5 years of visiting more than 1,000 youth confined in more than 200 juvenile detention institutions in 31 states. These riveting photographs, accompanied by the life stories that these young people in custody shared with Ross, give voice to imprisoned children from families that have no resources in communities that have no power.


"Mr. Penumbra's 24- Hour Bookstore"
by Robin Sloan

After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret.

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"My Friend Dahmer"
by Derf Backderf

You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer—the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper—seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, "Jeff" was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides. In My Friend Dahmer, a haunting and original graphic novel, writer-artist Backderf creates a surprisingly sympathetic portrait of a disturbed young man struggling against the morbid urges emanating from the deep recesses of his psyche—a shy kid, a teenage alcoholic, and a goofball who never quite fit in with his classmates. With profound insight, what emerges is a Jeffrey Dahmer that few ever really knew, and one readers will never forget.

"One Shot at Forever"
by Chris Ballard

"Friday Night Lights" meets "Hoosiers" and "Dead Poet's Society" in this inspirational story about an unlikely coach who leads a high-school baseball team and their small Illinois town to a season they'll never forget.

Click here to check if it is available in our library.



"Pure"
by Julianna Baggott

In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll's head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a "Pure" dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm.

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"The Round House"
by Louise Erdrich

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, 14-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family.

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"Tell the Wolves I'm Home"
by Carol Rifka Brunt

In this striking literary debut, Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal in 1987 as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don't know you've lost someone until you've found them.


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"Where'd You Go, Bernadette?"
by Maria Semple

When her notorious, hilarious, volatile, talented, troubled, and agoraphobic mother goes missing, teenage Bee begins a trip that takes her to the ends of the earth to find her.

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Margaret A. Edwards Award- "for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults"



Tamora Pierce

Some of her works include: "Beka Cooper" series, "Trickster" series, "The Circle Opens" quartet, "Circle of Magic" series, and "Songs of the Lioness" quartet .





Odyssey Award- "for best audio book produced for children and/or young adults in English in the United States"

"The Fault in Our Stars"
by John Green
Narrated by Kate Rudd

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Click here to check if the audio book is available at our library.

"Artemis Fowl: The Last Guardian"
by Eoin Colfer
Narrated by Nathaniel Parker
is an Odyssey Honor Audiobook

Artemis's arch rival Opal Koboi has reanimated dead fairy warriors that take possession of Artemis's little brothers. Artemis has until sunrise to get the spirits to vacate his brothers and go back into the earth where they belong.

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"Ghost Knight"
by Cornelia Funke
Narrated by Elliot Hill
is an Odyssey Honor Audiobook

Eleven-year-old Jon Whitcroft and new friend Ella summon the ghost of Sir William Longspee, who may be able to protect Jon from a group of ghosts that threatens him harm from the day he arrives at Salisbury Cathedral's boarding school. Includes historical notes.

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"Monstrous Beauty"
by Elizabeth Fama 
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren
is an Odyssey Honor Audiobook

In alternating chapters, tells of the mermaid Syrenka's love for Ezra in 1872 that leads to a series of horrific murders, and present-day Hester's encounter with a ghost that reveals her connection to the murders and to Syrenka.




Pura Belpre (Author) Award- "honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children's books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience"

"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
is the Pura Belpre Author Award

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.

Click here to request from within the network.


"The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano"
by Sonia Manzano
is a Pura Belpre Honor Book
It is 1969 in Spanish Harlem, and fourteen-year-old Evelyn Serrano is trying hard to break free from her conservative Puerto Rican surroundings, but when her activist grandmother comes to stay and the neighborhood protests start, things get a lot more complicated--and dangerous.

Click here to check if it is available at our library.



Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award- "for most distinguished informational book for children"


"Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon"
by Steve Sheinkin
is the Sibert Award winner

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.


Click here to check if it is available from our library.



"Moonbird"
by Phillip M. Hoose
is a Silbert Honor Book

B95 can feel it: a stirring in his bones and feathers. It's time. Today is the day he will once again cast himself into the air, spiral upward into the clouds, and bank into the wind.


He wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back!


B95 is a robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, nine thousand miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey.


B95 can fly for days without eating or sleeping, but eventually he must descend to refuel and rest. However, recent changes at ancient refueling stations along his migratory circuit - changes caused mostly by human activity - have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. And so, since 1995, when B95 was first captured and banded, the worldwide rufa population has collapsed by nearly 80 percent. Most perish somewhere along the great hemispheric circuit, but the Moonbird wings on. He has been seen as recently as November 2011, which makes him nearly twenty years old. Shaking their heads, scientists ask themselves: How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall?


Click here to check if it is available at our library.


"Titanic: Voices from the Disaster"
by Deborah Hopkinson
is a Silbert Honor Book

Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.


Click here to request this book from within our network.






Stonewall Book Award- Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children's & Young Adult Literature Award- given annually to English-language children's and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience"


"Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe"
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
is the Pura Belpre Author Award

Fifteen-year-old Ari Mendoza is an angry loner with a brother in prison, but when he meets Dante and they become friends, Ari starts to ask questions about himself, his parents, and his family that he has never asked before.


Click here to request from within the network.



"Drama"
written and illustrated by Raina Telemeier
is a Stonewall Honor Book

Callie rides an emotional roller coaster while serving on the stage crew for a middle school production of Moon over Mississippi as various relationships start and end, and others never quite get going.


Click here to check if it is available in our library.




"Gone, Gone, Gone"
by Hannah Moskowitz
is a Stonewall Honor Book

It's a year after 9/11. Sniper shootings throughout the D.C. area have everyone on edge and trying to make sense of these random acts of violence. Meanwhile, Craig and Lio are just trying to make sense of their lives. Craig's crushing on quiet, distant Lio, and preoccupied with what it meant when Lio kissed him... and if he'll do it again... and if kissing Lio will help him finally get over his ex-boyfriend, Cody. Lio feels most alive when he's with Craig. He forgets about his broken family, his dead brother, and the messed up world. But being with Craig means being vulnerable...and Lio will have to decide whether love is worth the risk

"Sparks: The Epic, Completely True Blue, (Almost) Holy Quest of Debbie"
by S.J. Adams
is a Stonewall Honor Book

A sixteen-year-old lesbian tries to get over a crush on her religious best friend by embarking on a "holy quest" with a couple of misfits who have invented a wacky, made-up faith called the Church of Blue.




William C. Morris Award- "for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens"


"Seraphina"
by Rachel Hartman
is the 2013 Morris Award winner

In a world where dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce and dragons can assume human form, Seraphina, whose mother died giving birth to her, grapples with her own identity amid magical secrets and royal scandals, while she struggles to accept and develop her extraordinary musical talents.

Click here to see if this book is available in our library.

"Wonder Show"
by Hannah Barnaby
is a Morris Award Finalist

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step inside Mosco's Traveling Wonder Show, a menagerie of human curiosities and misfits guaranteed to astound and amaze! But perhaps the strangest act of Mosco's display is Portia Remini, a normal among the freaks, on the run from McGreavy's Home for Wayward Girls, where Mister watches and waits. He said he would always find Portia, that she could never leave. Free at last, Portia begins a new life on the bally, seeking answers about her father's disappearance. Will she find him before Mister finds her? It's a story for the ages, and like everyone who enters the Wonder Show, Portia will never be the same.

"Love and Other Perishable Items"
by Laura Buzo
is a Morris Award Finalist

A fifteen-year-old Australian girl gets her first job and first crush on her unattainable university-aged coworker, as both search for meaning in their lives.

Click here to see if this book is available in our library.



"After Snow"
by S.D. Crockett
is a Morris Award Finalist

Fifteen-year-old Willo Blake, born after the 2059 snows that ushered in a new ice age, encounters outlaws, halfmen, and an abandoned girl as he journeys in search of his family, who mysteriously disappeared from the freezing mountain that was their home.

Click here to see if this book is available in our library.


"The Miseducation of Cameron Post"
by Emily M. Danforth
is a Morris Award Finalist

In the early 1990s, when gay teenager Cameron Post rebels against her conservative Montana ranch town and her family decides she needs to change her ways, she is sent to a gay conversion therapy center.


Click here to see if this book is available in our library.


YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults:

"Bomb: The Race to Build- and Steal the World's Most Dangerous Weapon"
by Steve Sheinkin
is the 2013 Excellence winner

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. In Great Britain and the United States, Soviet spies worked their way into the scientific community; in Norway, a commando force slipped behind enemy lines to attack German heavy-water manufacturing; and deep in the desert, one brilliant group of scientists was hidden away at a remote site at Los Alamos. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Click here to check if it is available from our library.


"Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different"
by Karen Blumenthal
is a YALSA finalist

From the start, his path was never predictable. Steve Jobs was given up for adoption at birth, dropped out of college after one semester, and at the age of twenty, created Apple in his parents' garage with his friend Steve Wozniack. Then came the core and hallmark of his genius--his exacting moderation for perfection, his counterculture life approach, and his level of taste and style that pushed all boundaries. A devoted husband, father, and Buddhist, he battled cancer for over a decade, became the ultimate CEO, and made the world want every product he touched.

Click here to check if this book is available in our library.



"Moonbird"
by Phillip M. Hoose
is a YALSA finalist

B95 can feel it: a stirring in his bones and feathers. It's time. Today is the day he will once again cast himself into the air, spiral upward into the clouds, and bank into the wind.


He wears a black band on his lower right leg and an orange flag on his upper left, bearing the laser inscription B95. Scientists call him the Moonbird because, in the course of his astoundingly long lifetime, this gritty, four-ounce marathoner has flown the distance to the moon and halfway back!


B95 is a robin-sized shorebird, a red knot of the subspecies rufa. Each February he joins a flock that lifts off from Tierra del Fuego, headed for breeding grounds in the Canadian Arctic, nine thousand miles away. Late in the summer, he begins the return journey.


B95 can fly for days without eating or sleeping, but eventually he must descend to refuel and rest. However, recent changes at ancient refueling stations along his migratory circuit - changes caused mostly by human activity - have reduced the food available and made it harder for the birds to reach. And so, since 1995, when B95 was first captured and banded, the worldwide rufa population has collapsed by nearly 80 percent. Most perish somewhere along the great hemispheric circuit, but the Moonbird wings on. He has been seen as recently as November 2011, which makes him nearly twenty years old. Shaking their heads, scientists ask themselves: How can this one bird make it year after year when so many others fall?


Click here to check if it is available at our library.

"Titanic: Voices from the Disaster"
by Deborah Hopkinson
is a YALSA finalist

Tells the tale of the sinking of the Titanic using the narratives of the witnesses and survivors to the disaster.


Click here to request this book from within our network.




"We've Got a Job: the 1963 Birmingham Children's March"
by Cynthia Levinson
is a YALSA finalist

Discusses the events of the 4,000 African American students who marched to jail to secure their freedom in May 1963.


Click here to check if this book is available in our library.




For the full list of winners, go to the ALA website.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Movie hints!


It is that time of the month... for MOVIE HINTS!
Friday, January 25th @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
 in the Robbins Library Community Room
We will show a movie just for teens!  I wish I could tell you the name, but I can't unless you call or come into the library.  Which you should do anyway because it is awesome.  If you can't though, here are some clues as to the movie we will be showing Friday.

1- This is an animated movie that was released in 2010.

2- It is based off of a children's book written by Cressida Cowell.  Click here to check out this really cool website about the books.

3- Jay Baruchel is the voice of the main character Hiccup.

4- Here are some images that represent just a few of the words that are in the title.  This is probably going to be the most obvious hint.