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Sunday, January 10, 2016

(Anne's) Youth Media Awards. Here is my very biased slate.



Tomorrow the Youth Media Awards will be announced at 8 AM Eastern Standard Time. Today, therefore, is my last day to speculate about who I think the winners should be. In order to be eligible the books must be published in 2015 and geared toward children or young adults.

Anne's Youth Media Awards go to...

1. Michael L. Printz Award (Best YA literature of the year) 
  • The award winner and four honor books:
  • Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege on Leningrad by MT Anderson
  • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
  • Cuckoo Song by Frances Hardinge
2. Schneider Family Book Award (Teen living with a disability)
  • The Unlikely Hero of Room 13-B by Teresa Toten (Living with OCD)
3. Alex Awards -10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences (Pick one of ten)     
  • (I will list a few books here which I think will be among the ten)
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Doerr; The Nightingale by Hannan; Station Eleven by St. John Mandel; Red Rising by Pierce Brown
    4. Margaret A. Edwards Award (Read one book by the winning author who has made a significant contribution to YA or Children's Lit)
    • Name of author __John Green; why? He has reinvigorated YA lit____ (Choose one of his/her books)
    • Title: Looking for Alaska; Paper Towns; The Fault in Our Stars; The Abundance of Katherine, etc.
    5. Stonewall Children's and Young Adult Literature (LGBT) 
    • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    6. William C. Morris Award (First YA novel by author)
    • Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
    7. YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults 
    • Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege on Leningrad by MT Anderson
      8. Coretta Scott King Author Award (African American Author)
      • X: a novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
      9. Odyssey Award (Best audiobook for Children or Teens)
      • The Shepherd's Crown by Terry Pratchett, read by Stephen Briggs
      10. Pura Belpre (Latino Author)
      • Shadowshaper by Daniel Perez Older (Puerto Rico-American culture, mythology)
      11. Batchelder Award (Translated into English)

      • (I don't know any books which were translated into English this year)

      12. Newbery Medal (Middle grades) 

      • Goodbye Strangers by Rebecca Stead

      13. Caldecott Award (Illustrated) 

      • (No opinion, I haven't read any which would qualify.)

      14. Scott O'Dell Award (Historical fiction)...I didn't realize that this category was not part of the ALA-YMA. I made my prediction (below) and then went to the website and learned this book actually did win category, the announcement was made Jan. 6th! Ha! Here is the announcement.

      • Hired Girl by Laura Amy Schlitz

      15. Siebert Informational Book Medal 

      • Drowned City by Don Brown (Hurricane Katrina)

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