Major congratulations to all of the fine authors and illustrators who were selected for YALSA's various reading lists this year!
Here's a run down of the Macmillan winners:
The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
GIRLCHILD by Tupelo Hassman
MR. PENUMBRA'S 24-HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloan
Boarding Schools to Summer Camps: Leaving home to find yourself
MARKED by P.C. & Kristin Cast
BORN AT MIDNIGHT by C.C. Hunter
Gowns, Greasepaint, and Guitars: Not the same old song and dance
WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE by Caridad Ferrer
Selected books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read.
THIS IS NOT A TEST by Courtney Summers (TOP TEN)
THE HUNT by Andrew Fukuda
BAD BOY by Dream Jordan
GLOW by Amy Kathleen Ryan
I AM A SEAL TEAM SIX WARRIOR by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin
TRINITY: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
UPDATE (3/1): Thank you all for entering! This contest is now closed. Winners will be announced tomorrow!
THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY is the story of a relationship told in the form of dictionary entries, it's a 2012 Alex Award winner, and we have 20 hardcover copies to give away to our cleverest commenters here on the blog!
In THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY each page is a dictionary entry that describes one couple's relationship from the intimate, day-to-day minutiae to the deepest joys and fears of their lives together.
Booklist gave THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY a starred review and said, "Levithan demonstrates, intimacy is sometimes enigmatic and, as he notes under ineffable, 'No matter how many words there are, there will never be enough.'"
Here are a few of the entries:
"I want my books to have their own shelves," you said, and that’s how I knew it would be okay to live together.
And still, for all the jealousy, all the doubt, sometimes I will be struck with a kind of awe that we’re together. That someone like me could find someone like you--it renders me wordless. Because surely words would conspire against such luck, would protest the unlikelihood of such a turn of events.
I didn't tell any of my friends about our first date. I waited until after the second, because I wanted to make sure it was real. I wouldn’t believe it had happened until it had happened again. Then, later on, I would be overwhelmed by the evidence, by all the lines connecting you to me, and us to love.
yearning, n. and adj.
At the core of this desire is the belief that everything can be perfect.
How to enter:
Leave a comment below in the style of a dictionary entry. Include one word and an unexpected definition for that word.
On March 1st Talia and I will pick our 20 favorite entries (be they silly, sassy, or heartbreaking). The winners will each receive one copy of THE LOVER'S DICTIONARY!
This sweepstakes is open to librarians in the United States. More eligibility details below!
Whew, what a conference! Midwinter was a delight this year. We're so glad we got a chance to catch up with so many of you.
Now that we're back, we want to highlight the 2012 YALSA awards winners and nominees that we publish and distribute:
DAYBREAK by Brian Ralph
UPDATE: YALSA posted more awards and lists today!
MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams
FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
2nd UPDATE: YALSA posted their popular paperback picks!
*This is the THIRD appearance on a YALSA booklist for SOME GIRLS ARE and THE CHOSEN ONE. They have each now appeared on YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adult List (2012), Best Fiction for Young Adults (2010 & 2011) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2010 & 2011). If you haven't read them yet, now's the time!Read more