THE BIG NEWS THIS WEEK
As you probably know, the American Library Association's yearly Young Adult Library Services Association awards and lists were announced this week. I will attempt to give a rundown of the bigger young adult awards below. I also want to extend a a hearty and heartfelt congratulations to all the winners, as well as my deep appreciation for all the wonderful books that weren't honored, but which hold a dear and special place in readers' hearts.
The Michael L. Printz award for excellence in Young Adult literature went to IN DARKNESS by Nick Lake.
The Morris Award for a debut novel for teens went to SERAPHINA by Rachel Hartman.
The Margaret Edwards award for a long and lasting contribution to teen fiction went to Tamora Pierce.
As part of the Stonewall Book awards, the The Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award went to ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS TO THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Alire Saenz.
More awards and honors including the Alex Awards, the Best Fiction list, Readers' Choice, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers and more can all be found at the YALSA site.
And our personal piece of big news around the YA Highway is that our very own Kristin Halbrook's beautiful and heartbreaking debut, NOBODY BUT US, released this week.Yay Kristin! We are so proud of you!
Congratulations to all!
THIS WEEK IN WRITING
Writers Digest has tips for raising stakes in your novel right from the start.
Is the cat dead or alive inside that box? What is New Adult? These are the deep metaphysical questions of our times.
Dr. Seuss took us On Beyond Zebra, but these little punctuation beauties offer their own sort of magic.
Author Zoe Marriott has some questions about her trilogy and she needs your help!
THIS WEEK IN READING
It's February, which means it's time to follow The Brown Bookshelf and learn about some of the best African American kidlit authors and illustrators in the industry right now.
The brilliant Steph Sinkhorn deconstructs the bad boy/bad girl tropes in YA lit.
What's that? Amy Poehler's writing a book? Um, yes, please!
Kelly Jensen at Stacked Books has some great insight and thoughts on the ALA awards selection process, and the unsung work committee members do. Also, check this out for some post-ALA award analysis.
Wouldn't it be cool if there was an app that kept track of upcoming book releases? Lindsey Culli knows what's up..
THIS WEEK IN PUBLISHING
Carlie Webber has opened a new literary agency and is seeking young adult authors.
Many congrats to Julia Kagawa and her incredible new deal with Harlequin Teen.
Author Adam Mansbach discusses the hell of being on tour for his new book (via Lindsey Culli).
One way NOT to use twitter if you're an author with a book coming out...
THIS WEEK IN OTHER STUFF
Maybe having a boyfriend or girlfriend in high school isn't all that great. Surely, there's more important stuff happening. Right? RIGHT?
So the Niners and the Ravens are playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday, but let's not forget our puppy friends. Check out the Puppy Bowl line up here. (Plus WARNING salty language ahead: the unofficial Puppy Bowl Trash Talk thread on reddit).
THIS WEEK IN CONTESTS
Author Rachele Alpine is having an awesome contest to celebrate the blurbs she's gotten for her upcoming CANARY.
Jessica Silverstein of Reading on the F Train is running a February Compliment Challenge. She wants you to help share some love this month and if you do, she's donating to charity. Check it out!
THIS WEEK IN THE RANDOM
Make your own book cover.
Phew! That was tough. And never fear, Kate Hart will return next week with her special brand of Field Trip Friday brilliance.