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Oh my god! Jellicoe Road!

January 26, 2009

It won the Printz Award!

* jumps up and down in excitement *

I haven’t read three of the four honor books, haven’t read Paper Towns or The Graveyard Book yet, but of the books I did read, Jellicoe Road was hands down the most outstanding, the most distinguished book I read last year. I am so thrilled it won, partly for selfish reasons because I LOVE IT and I’m glad it’ll be getting more attention and even though I was totally hedging my bets in my “Under the Radar Printz Picks” post and my review of the book, I’m still counting it as a correct prediction.

* still jumping up and down *

What else? I was surprised that the Morris Award went to Elizabeth C. Bunce’s A Curse Dark as Gold because I thought it was going to go to Madapple or Graceling for sure. I’m glad Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit won the Batchelder because I almost thought the committee wouldn’t go with two Japanese books with related manga in a row. (And congratulations to Cheryl Klein for editing both A Curse Dark as Gold and Moribito!) Plus, Tiger Moon got a Batchelder Honor, and that gives me another reason to read it. And I thought it’s about time Laurie Halse Anderson received the Margaret A. Edwards Award, though I thought it would just have been for Speak.

The full Youth Media Awards press release is here.

Anyway, in yet another sign of how much I love Jellicoe Road, I made a playlist for it. It’s limited to music I own and I don’t have any Kenny Rogers or Cold Chisel and the closest thing to New Order that I have is Frente!’s awesome cover of “Bizarre Love Triangle.” I’ll put it together on iLike later and update this post, but for now, here it is:

  1. Is There A Ghost — Band of Horses
  2. The Ghost Of You Lingers — Spoon
  3. Red Moon — The Walkmen
  4. Ribbon — She Keeps Bees
  5. Dry Wings — Pete And The Pirates
  6. Trouble Sleeping — The Perishers
  7. Down By The River — Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  8. Black and Gold — Sam Sparro
  9. Who Built The Road — Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
  10. Ghost Under Rocks — Ra Ra Riot
  11. My Delirium — Ladyhawke
  12. Isis — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  13. Hearts On Fire — Cut Copy
  14. Some Surprise — Gary Lightbody & Lisa Hannigan (on The Cake Sale)
  15. Love Always Remains — MGMT

In the meantime, as an eMusic subscriber, I would like to point out that everything but tracks 2, 8, 9, and 13 are available on eMusic. I would say that this playlist is about 90% finished; I, um, wonder if “I Wonder” is a bit too much, there are a lot of songs with ghost in the title, and I’d like to add two more songs, one to go before “Some Surprise” and one to go after it. But overall I like it.

ETA: Obviously, no one at SLJ reads this blog. 🙂 Or Jackie’s.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the winner of Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults, which went to Melina Marchetta, author of Jellicoe Road (HarperTeen). The book, about a teenager who was abandoned by her mother when she was 11, wasn’t on anyone’s radar screen.

Forgot to mention it earlier, but yay Jen for nominating Jellicoe Road.

And my playlist on iLike, since I can’t embed it on WordPress.

Oh, Marchetta also won an Aurealis Award in Australia over the weekend for her newest book, Finnikin of the Rock. But it won’t be published in the U.S. until 2010.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 12:39 pm

    I haven’t yet read Jellicoe Road, but I definitely will! I was glad to see The Disreputable History get an honor (would’ve liked to see The Hunger Games get an honor, too). And yay for LHA’s lifetime achievement award! 🙂

  2. January 26, 2009 7:17 pm

    i loved paper towns! it was the first john green book i read. i have graveyard book but have yet to read it. tho i ❤ neil gaiman. am so thrilled for him! curious about j road now. =)

  3. Kate Fall permalink
    January 27, 2009 9:10 am

    Yay for Jellicoe Road! You called it, Trish!

  4. January 28, 2009 1:03 am

    Kate – Yup, I called it. That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

    Shari and Cindy – Hope you enjoyJellicoe Road. I can see why some people dislike it, but I hope you guys like it. A part of me worries that now that it’s a Major Award Winner (especially this year, with so many people expressing disappointment that their picks didn’t win/receive an honor), some readers will be…hmmm, how should I phrase this?…looking for reasons to criticize it. But a bigger part of me is shocked that so many people hadn’t heard of it before Monday (what, they don’t read this blog? 🙂 ) and am therefore happy that its audience is now so much bigger.

  5. Brooke permalink
    January 28, 2009 12:15 pm

    I really love Jellicoe Road and I felt like I was the only one who jumped up and clapped on Monday morning when the award was announced. This book just unfolds like a flower of awesomeness. Also, this book has been a BBYA nomination since July. It was around for people to find, if they were, you know, doing their jobs.

    • January 28, 2009 5:36 pm

      unfolds like a flower of awesomeness

      Brooke, that is *such* a great phrase, I might need to borrow it.

  6. January 29, 2009 4:15 am

    That was my exact response when I found out Jellicoe Road won 😀 I jumped up and down and yelled “YES!”

    I had read it on your recommendation, and literally finished it the night before the Printz was announced. I had the same idea of making a playlist for it, but mine I think will be more of the songs mentioned in the book–if I can track them all down.

  7. February 1, 2009 4:10 pm

    I seriously need to read Jellicoe Road. Everyone is raving over it now. 🙂

  8. Lena permalink
    February 1, 2009 8:02 pm

    Yay for Jellicoe Road!

    I would really love to read a review of Paper Towns, so someone needs to read it, k?

    What is the reasoning behind the huge publishing delay (for Marchetta’s new book)? The actual publisher? Does anyone know if it’s it that bad for North American books going to Australia?

  9. February 1, 2009 9:27 pm

    Sophie – have you read Steph’s interview with Melina Marchetta? She talks about the music for Jellicoe Road about halfway through the interview.

    Em – Yes, you do need to read it now. 🙂 Let us know what you think.

    Lena – I actually have Paper Towns checked out of the library right now, but I need to finish some other books first. We’ll see if I review it. As for the delay for Finnikin of the Rock, I’m not sure what the deal is. I wonder if it’s a rights or contractual thing with Australian publishers? Because there was about a two year delay between Australian and American publication for Jellicoe Road and Jack Heath’s The Lab , too. (Although that doesn’t explain Zusak’s The Book Thief, so I really have no idea.)

  10. Dodie Ownes permalink
    February 8, 2009 6:35 am

    Ah-ha, someone from SLJ is NOW reading your blog! I’d like to post a link to your Jellicoe Road playlist in the next issue of SLJTeen, which is 2/18 – okay with you?

    I was at the BBYA session at ALA MW and noticed how few folks seemed to know about Jellicoe Road too …

  11. February 8, 2009 8:10 pm

    Dodie – Of course it’s okay with me! Thanks!

  12. Amy permalink
    June 5, 2009 10:59 pm

    I read this book so long ago, but it’s always been one of my favorites! I just wanted to say that I’m going to give your playlist a listen. I created one myself, I went to the trouble of downloading all the old 80’s tracks I thought Taylor would be listening too. The books is fantastic.

    • June 7, 2009 12:59 am

      Let me know what you think of my playlist. And I’d love to see what’s on yours.

  13. Victoria permalink
    October 14, 2009 7:42 am

    If you liked Jellicoe Road, try one of Melina’s other books: Saving Francesca. It’s the first book I read by her, and is now my second favourite book of all time (after Jellicoe Road, that is). Also, another book is coming out in Australia in March 2010 (also by Melina Marchetta), called The Piper’s Son. It’s one I’m looking forward to. It’s from the point of view of one of the characters in Saving Francesca, only it’s five years later. Anyways, read Saving Francesca. It’s really something special.


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