In continuing to celebrate the accolades of YA Lit, five more awards are listed with five fabulous books and authors.
For the Pura Belpre Award (presented to a Latino/Latina writer whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth):
- “Return to Sender” by Julia Alvarez
Julia Alvarez explores the thin line that separates American citizens and undocumented persons in her brilliantly told novel, “Return to Sender.” After Tyler’s father is unable to maintain the family farm, he hires undocumented workers, resulting in an interdependent relationship that mirrors current social and political conditions in the United States. Alvarez humanizes a situation by giving a voice to millions of immigrants experiencing similar hardships. This outstanding novel about the solidarity between two children of different cultures will resonate in the hearts of readers of any age.
For the Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal (honors the most distinguished informational book published in English in the preceding year for its significant contribution to children’s literature):
- “Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream” by Tanya Lee Stone
Women in space—not a big deal now, but it took over 20 years for NASA to recognize that women have the Right Stuff . “Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream,” tells the story of the women aviators and aspiring astronauts known as the “Mercury 13” who, in the early 1960’s repeatedly proved themselves capable but could not overcome prevailing prejudices. Meticulously researched and handsomely illustrated with archival materials, Stone’s insightful, passionately written chronicle is sure to inspire.
For the Schneider Family Book Award (presented to an author who expresses the disability experience for adolescent audiences):
- “Marcelo in the Real World” by Francisco X. Stork
This book tells the story of Marcelo Sandoval who has Asperger Syndrome. Marcelo is pushed beyond his comfort zone when he is forced to take a job in his father’s law firm. Over the course of a tumultuous summer, Marcelo learns what it is to be a friend, to stand up for what he believes in and that he can create a place for himself in the real world.
For the William C. Morris Debut YA Award (honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens):
- “Flash Burnout” by L.K. Madigan
Blake’s life is way too complicated. He’s a sophomore with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl. One loves him. One needs him. Can he please them both? The voices of the characters are accurate, evocative and humorous capturing the everyday adolescent stresses and misunderstandings that are so hard to live through.
For the Michael L. Printz Award (awarded to a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature):
- “Going Bovine” by Libba Bray
Sixteen year old slacker, Cameron, sets off on a madcap road trip along with a punk angel, a dwarf sidekick, a yard gnome and a mad scientist, to save the world and perhaps his own life. This wildly imaginative modern day take on Don Quixote is complex, hilarious and stunning. The hero’s journey will never be the same after “Going Bovine.”
Stay tuned for Part III of our awards ceremony, coming tomorrow.