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Monday, December 26, 2011

2012 ALA YA Award Books Challenge

A. Read the 2012 ALA YA Book Award Winners
(List of books will be announced January 21, 2012 during the ALA Midwinter meeting. I will post a copy of the winners here at that time.)

B. Copy the list(s) below to your own blog, indicate which books you've read and post links to your reviews as you read them or one final summary at the end of the year.

C. Deadline: December 31, 2012.

D. Levels:
Beginner---Read one book for each category= 10 books
Learner---Read more than one book in each category (the award book + at least one honor book)= 11-19
Expert--- Read as many books as you can in each category= 20-?
For the full list go to the American Library Association. See the award winners below.

YA Award Titles

1. Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley
2. Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience. The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is:
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen
3. Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author for significant and lasting contribution to YA Lit
(Pick one book by this author)
  •  Susan Cooper
4. Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding YA book translated from a language other than English and subsequently published in the United States.
  •  Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak, translated from Dutch
5. Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award -young adult book of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered experience
  •  Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
6. William C. Morris Award for a debut book by a first-time author writing for teens
  • Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley  (or choose one of the honor books: Girl of Fire and Thorns; Paper Covers Rock; Under the Mesquite; Between Shades of Gray)
7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults
  •  The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/23/4208101/american-library-association-announces.html#storylink=cpy
8. Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults:
  • Rotters by Daniel Kraus, read by Kirby Heyborne
9. Pura Belpre Author Award honoring a Latino writer whose children's/young adult book best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience
  • Under the Mesquite, by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

    Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/23/4208101/american-library-association-announces.html#storylink=cpy
10. Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (Pick one)
  • Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin;   
  • In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard
  • The Lover's Dictionary, by David Levithan
  • The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser
  • The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern 
  • Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  • Robopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson
  • Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
  • The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston
  • The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo
  • Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/23/4208101/american-library-association-announces.html#storylink=cpy
Have fun reading great books! Send me links to your reviews. I'd love to read them.


  1. I signed up for someone else's Alex Award Winner Challenge, but I am going to add your challenge to my ever-growing list of 2012 challenges. This sounds like a good one!

  2. I would love to join the challenge, but books in South Africa are extremely expensive, so... I think I may only be able to know for sure if I can participate when the books are made known.

  3. Sounds interesting, Anne! I don't usually do challenges, but I may sign up for a couple in 2012. I look forward to seeing who the award winners are!


  4. I'm doing challenges for the 1st time in 2012. Not sure if I'll finish all of the award winners, I might wait til the 21st to see what they are!

  5. I've just finished The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and really enjoyed it!


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