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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Awards Announced

2012 Newbery, Caldecott and Prinz

And the 2012 Newbery goes to...

2012 Newbery Medal Winner

The 2012 Newbery Medal winner is Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, published by Farrar Straus Giroux.
"The importance of history and reading (so you don’t do the same “stupid stuff” again) is at the heart of this achingly funny romp through a dying New Deal town. While mopping up epic nose bleeds, Jack narrates this screw-ball mystery in an endearing and believable voice."

Honor Books include:
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers
"Hà and her family flee war-torn Vietnam for the American South. In spare yet vivid verse, she chronicles her year-long struggle to find her place in a new and shifting world. "

Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt and Company, LLC.
"On the eve of his induction into the Young Pioneers, Sasha’s world is overturned when his father is arrested by Stalin’s guard. Yelchin deftly crafts a stark and compelling story of a child’s lost idealism."

2012 Newbery Honor

2012 Newbery Honor

And the 2012 Printz Award goes to...

Printz Award Winner
Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:
WINNER: "Where Things Come Back," written by John Corey Whaley, is the 2012 Printz Award winner. The book is published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.

Why We Broke Up, written by Daniel Handler, art by Maira Kalman and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

"In this beautiful piece of bookmaking, heartbroken movie obsessive Min Green dumps a box of relationship ephemera on ex-love Ed Slaterton’s porch, each item attached to a raging, loving, insecure and regretful letter explaining how each memento contributed to their breakup."

Printz Honor
The Returning, written by Christine Hinwood and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group Young Readers Group USA.

"A large cast of characters from two fictional kingdoms recover from a drawn-out, brutal war in a portrait both sweeping and specific as it explores the ramifications of the conflict on Cam, the only one who lives to return to his village."

Jasper Jones, written by Craig Silvey and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

"Spurred by the mysterious death of a schoolmate, Charlie confronts racism and his fears as he learns about family, friendship and love in the oppressive heat of small-town 1960s Australia. Silvey weaves themes of freedom and loyalty with moments of humor in this wrenching novel."

Printz Honor Book
The Scorpio Races, written by Maggie Stiefvater and published by Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic, Inc.

"A bloody, intoxicating horse race on the Island of Thisby is the backdrop for this atmospheric novel. The heart-pounding story pits two teens against death – to win is to survive."

And the 2012 Caldecott goes to...

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children:

2012 Caldecott Medal winner
"A Ball for Daisy," illustrated and written by Chris Raschka, is the 2012 Caldecott Medal winner. The book is published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Three Caldecott Honor Books:
"Blackout," illustrated and written by John Rocco, and published by Disney - Hyperion Books, an imprint of Disney; "Grandpa Green" illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership; 

"Me . . . Jane," illustrated and written by Patrick McDonnell, and published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

2011 National Book Award For Young People's Literature Winner and Nominees:

WINNER: Thanhha Lai, Inside Out & Back Again
(Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers) - Interview
- Video of acceptance speech and from Finalists Reading

FINALISTS:Franny Billingsley, Chime
(Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc. ) - Interview
- Video from Finalists Reading

Debby Dahl Edwardson, My Name Is Not Easy
(Marshall Cavendish) - Interview
- Video from Finalists Reading

Albert Marrin, Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
(Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) - Interview
- Video from Finalists Reading

Gary D. Schmidt, Okay for Now
(Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) - Interview
- Video from Finalists Reading

Young People’s Literature Judges: Marc Aronson (Panel Chair),
Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver


Jer said...

Hey Kim, Will gave me your blog address, so now I can blog-stalk you. ;)

I need to get reading, because I haven't read hardly any of those. Except Chime, which I just reviewed yesterday. So good!

Kim Tomsic said...

Jer! Thanks for visiting my site. I just bought Chime...did you hear all the hoopla when the National Book Award folks accidentally announced "Shine" by Lauren Myrcle instead of "Chime" as one of the nominees? It was either the next day or a few days later the error was discovered and it was left to Myrcle to "remove" herself from the list of nominees. Word on the street is that she is a class act, and handled the news of the mistake with grace as she bowed out.
Now if you look on Amazon, people who bought CHIME have also purchased SHINE ...I'll be one of those people soon...I want to see if the committee got it right in the end. I'm glad to see both authors benefiting off the goof.

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