Full disclosure: Of this year’s Printz winner and honors, I’ve only finished Charles & Emma and read half of Going Bovine and The Monstrumologist. (Also, I apologize to any Spin Doctors fans who may be out there.)
The White Darkness = Going Bovine (winners, about crazy people road/ice trips, if that’s not a spoiler)
Your Own, Sylvia: A Verse Portrait of Sylvia Plath = Charles & Emma
Repossessed = The Monstrumologist
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian = Marcelo in the Real World (lots of buzz, ultimately shut out)
And, okay, the comparison falls apart with 2008 honorees Dreamquake: Book Two of the Dreamhunter Duet and One Whole and Perfect Day and this year’s Punkzilla and Tales of the Madman Underground: An Historical Romance 1973.
Other Youth Media Awards thoughts:
- I need to read Morris winner Flash Burnout and Newbery winner When You Reach Me. But in a nice display of prescience (all the more shocking since I was so wrong with my Printz predictions), I actually have both books checked out from the library right now.
- Abby called it.
- I agree with pretty much everything Sheryl said at A True Reality.
- Yay, Tanita! Congratulations for the King Author Honor.
- And one year after editing books that won the Morris (A Curse Dark as Gold) and Batchelder (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit; I’m not sure if I ever linked to this before, but here’s a great behind-the-scenes look at its gorgeous design), Cheryl Klein‘s authors won a Schneider Family Award (Marcelo in the Real World) and a Batchelder honor (Moribito II: Guardian of the Darkness). I’m a bit surprised she didn’t pick up an additional Batchelder honor for Heartsinger.
ETA: Totally forgot about Jim Murphy winning the Margaret A. Edwards. I mentioned on Twitter that I found this an interesting pick, because they’ve never picked an author of primarily non-fiction before. I’ve read, and enjoyed, An American Plague, so now I need to get my hands on the other books the committee cited. Except for non-fiction getting dropped from BBYA in the move to Best Fiction for YA (see also Marc Aronson’s take on this), this was a good award year for non-fiction.