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“All Just Glass” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes

22 Jun

Witches and Ghosts!  “All Just Glass” by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes is a fast-paced and gripping adventure that picks up where “Shattered Mirror” ended.  Sarah Vida comes from a long line of vampire-hating witches.  She has now been turned by the vampire Kristopher and must prove to her family that vampires don’t have to be evil and soulless.  Stakes are high because the family matriarch has called for Sarah’s destruction at all cost.

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The Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature 2011

20 Jan

The Michael L. Printz Award is an award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature.  It is named for a Topeka, Kansas school librarian who was a long-time active member of the Young Adult Library Services Association.

2011 Printz Winner

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Ship Breaker

by Paolo Bacigalupi
published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group

In Ship Breaker, near a drowned New Orleans ravaged by hurricanes and global warming, Nailer and his young crew eke out a meager existence by scavenging materials on the ship-littered coast.

“This taut, suspenseful novel is a relentless adventure story featuring nuanced characters in thought-provoking conflicts. Bacigalupi artfully intertwines themes of loyalty, family, friendship, trust and love,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Erin Downey Howerton.

2011 Printz Honor Books

The committee also named four Printz Honor Books:

StolenPlease Ignore Vera DietzRevolverNothing

Stolen by Lucy Christopher, published by Chicken House, an imprint of Scholastic Inc.

The rugged Australian outback becomes Gemma’s prison after she is drugged and abducted by a handsome, obsessed stranger in a first novel filled with searing imagery and archetypal characters.

Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Vera Dietz wants to be ignored, but the ghost of her ex-best friend won’t leave her alone in this dark comedy that examines relationships, identity, grief and flowcharts.

Revolver written by Marcus Sedgwick, published by Roaring Book Press, an imprint of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group.

In Sedgwick’s grim, chilling story set in the Arctic Circle, Sig finds his father’s frozen corpse as human predator Wolff arrives seeking retribution and a hidden Gold Rush treasure.

Nothing written by Janne Teller, published by Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division.

Pierre Anthon’s nihilism causes his classmates to begin a search for life’s meaning in this bold, unsettling parable translated from Danish.

True Grit by Charles Portis from Unshelved

30 Dec

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