Oh my god! Jellicoe Road!
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:
- Is There A Ghost — Band of Horses
- The Ghost Of You Lingers — Spoon
- Red Moon — The Walkmen
- Ribbon — She Keeps Bees
- Dry Wings — Pete And The Pirates
- Trouble Sleeping — The Perishers
- Down By The River — Neil Young & Crazy Horse
- Black and Gold — Sam Sparro
- Who Built The Road — Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan
- Ghost Under Rocks — Ra Ra Riot
- My Delirium — Ladyhawke
- Isis — Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Hearts On Fire — Cut Copy
- Some Surprise — Gary Lightbody & Lisa Hannigan (on The Cake Sale)
- 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.
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.