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And my reading list gets even longer

January 23, 2012

Because have I read any of the major award winners, other than Schneider winner The Running Dream? Nope.

Winner — Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Honors — Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler; The Returning by Christine Hinwood; Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey; The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

Winner — Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

Excellence in Nonfiction
Winner — The Notorious Benedict Arnold by Steve Sheinkin

Margaret A. Edwards
Winner — Susan Cooper

Winner — Eerdmans Books for Young Readers for Soldier Bear by Bibi Dumon Tak

Honor — Delacorte Books for The Lily Pond by Annika Thor

Winner — Listening Library for Rotters by Daniel Krauss

So, my predictions were quite wrong this year. Anyone else have any thoughts about the award winners and honor books? Or books you think got snubbed?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2012 6:53 am

    I was happy to see Rotters get the nod for something, though I thought it was definitely Printz material! I suspect it might have been overlooked, due somewhat to its subject matter. I’m going to have to listen to it now!

    I read When Things Come Back, and wasn’t that impressed. I haven’t read the Printz honors yet…

  2. DogEar permalink
    January 23, 2012 7:05 am

    I am so upset OKAY FOR NOT was ‘snubbed.’ Definitely deserved recognition.

    I was also disappointed with A BALL FOR DAISY as it’s a totally conventional conservative pick. I would have liked to see I WANT MY HAT BACK honored by the Caldecott committee.

    I was also dismayed at the Printz picks, Smith’s STICK and Yancey’s THE ISLE OF BLOOD were the best YA books of the year. I mean, THE SCORPIO RACES… really? Overall, a disappointing year for me.

  3. January 23, 2012 7:25 am

    Based on what I’ve seen, it seems like most people’s predictions were “wrong” too. I’m not unhappy with the choices; it means more on my to-read list.

  4. January 23, 2012 11:46 am

    I’m with Dog Ear on the Caldecott, though I’m glad I Want My Hat Back got a Geisel honor at least. As for the rest, there’s one Newbery I’d never heard of, and I’m only 2/5 on the Printz. Lots of reading to do.

  5. January 23, 2012 2:26 pm

    Anne – I’ve heard so much about how gross some parts of Rotters are that I’ve put off reading it. Guess I’ve got to suck it up now! In print though; not sure sure I could handle the audio without knowing exactly what’s coming.

    Dog Ear – I haven’t read A Ball for Daisy, but I did like I Want My Hat Back. And I’m glad Me…Jane was honored. As for Okay for Now, from some of the chatter on Twitter and other blogs, I wonder if the ending was too divisive? Oh, and speaking of the Printz, did you read the liveblogging from the BFYA teen feedback session? Looks like some of the teens also liked Stick, and someone said The Scorpio Races was about “water horses with rabies.”

    anniecardi – Well, glad to know I’m not along in getting my predictions quite wrong! 🙂 Now, I just need to find the time to read the books.

    Melissa – You’re better than me on the Printz. I started but didn’t finish three of them, so I’ll have to give them another try. At least I have the other two checked out or on hold at the library. And on the even brighter side, I already have four of the five books in my library.

  6. January 23, 2012 4:35 pm

    I have had Where Things Come Back checked out for months – I keep renewing it and not reading it, and I’m really not sure why. It absolutely got bumped to the top of my TBR stack!

    I haven’t heard of The Returning…I’m excited to read the Benedict Arnold book.

    I’m like you with Rotters – not sure I can handle the audio.

    I was at the BFYA session – the rabies comment cracked me up – several teens really did not like that book!

    • January 24, 2012 1:37 pm

      Yes, I’m looking forward to the Benedict Arnold book, too. I requested it after reading Sheinkin’s Boston Globe/Horn Book acceptance speech in the newest Horn Book (with the awesome Salley Mavor cover), but haven’t had time to read it. Looks like my reading for this week will be Benedict Arnold and Where Things Come Back.

      The Returning is one of the Printz Honors I didn’t finish. It’s got such a wide scope that I felt a bit lost when I first started it, peeked at the end, put it down, and never picked it back up. So, I’ll give it another try. (Not to mention, Melina Marchetta and Megan Whalen Turner blurbed the book…)

      I really need to go to Midwinter at least once! I’d love to sit in on the BFYA sessions and see the YMA announcements live in person. Did you go to the YMA announcements?

      • January 24, 2012 3:08 pm

        I lucked out because Midwinter was in my city. I did go to the announcements – so fun and exciting, esp. when there was crowd reaction. If you get the chance, I def. recommend going!

        • January 25, 2012 7:56 pm

          That’s so awesome!

          Hmm, Midwinter is in Seattle next year. Wonder if I can go to that…

  7. January 25, 2012 9:07 pm

    WHAT?!!! Midwinter is in SEATTLE next year?!!! I MUST GO. So close to home.

    Trisha – yes, parts of Rotters is pretty gross, but it’s not worse than any other horror book (and in some ways better, because I think it’s well researched and realistic). I’m not generally much of a horror fan, though I do like a dark read now and then.

    I haven’t heard the audio yet, but will take the time to do so. I don’t usually do audio books these days.

    I’m looking forward to another year of speculation…

    • January 28, 2012 11:42 am

      Good to know about Rotters! Thanks!

      Yep, Midwinter is in Seattle next year. You can see the upcoming conference dates and locations here.

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