Some major book awards were given out this morning. Here are some of the teen books that won some well deserved recognition:
Printz Award Winner:
In Darkness by Nick Lake
In Darkness, a stunning tour-de-force set in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. “Shorty” is a Haitian boy trapped in the ruins of a hospital when the earth explodes around him. Surrounded by lifeless bodies and growing desperately weak from lack of food and water, death seems imminent. Yet as Shorty waits in darkness for a rescue that may never come, he becomes aware of another presence, one reaching out to him across two hundred years of history. It is the presence of slave and revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture, whose life was marred by violence, and whose own end came in darkness. What unites a child of the slums with the man who would shake a troubled country out of slavery? Is it the darkness they share . . . or is it hope?
Raw, harrowing, and peopled with vibrant characters, In Darkness is an extraordinary book about the cruelties of man and nature, and the valiant, ongoing struggle for a country’s very survival. – Description from The Printz Project
Printz Honor books:
Aristotle and Dante by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna (on order)
Odyssey Award: The Fault in Our Stars, produced by Brilliance Audio, written by John Green, narrated by Kate Rudd
Morris Award: Seraphina, written by Rachel Hartman
Congratulations to all the winners! For a full list, please check out this ALA Youth Media Awards link.