2010 Morris Award Shortlist!

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) announced five titles for the 2010 Morris Award.  The Morris Award is a new one, honoring a first time author who did an excellent job capturing authentic voices for their characters.  The winners will be announced on Monday, Jan. 18th.  Sonoma County Library owns all but one title, look for that one title in our catalog soon!  For more information about the Morris Award can be found at:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/morris/morrisaward.cfm

ash.jpg Ash by Malinda Lo
“Consumed with grief after the death of her father, Ash’s only escape from her harsh life and cruel stepmother comes from re-reading fairy tales that her mother once told her and hoping against hope that the fairies will appear to her.  When the fairy Sidhean appears, Ash hopes that he will steal her away to his enchanted world; but when she meets the King’s Huntress, Kaisa, she realizes that staying in her own realm can also lead to beauty, romance, and perhaps even love.”

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (Sonoma County Library doesn’t own this title yet.)
“Sixteen-year-old Ethan has lived all his life in Gaitlin, South Carolina, a town that hasn’t changed much since the Civil War.  While coping with the loss of his mother, a father who spends all of his time in his study, and high school, his world turns upside down with the arrival of Lena, a new girl with whom he seems to share a psychic connection.  As they grow closer, Ethan discovers that Lena and her family share a dark secret and that she is headed for doom on her sixteenth birthday.”

everafter.jpg The Everafter by Amy Huntley
“Maddy is a ghost, surrounded by things she lost when she was alive.  By touching these objects, she relives the episodes in her life where she lost them.  Even though Maddy’s dead, she explores the lessons these objects hold – and why are they still important.”

flash.jpg Flash Burnout by L.K. Madigan
“Blake’s life is way too complicated.  He’s a sophomore in high school with a girlfriend and a friend who is a girl.  One of them loves him.  One of them needs him.  Can he please them both?”

hold.jpg Hold Still by Nina LaCour
“After Caitlin’s best friend Ingrid commits suicide, Caitlin has a hard time making sense of the loss.  She finds Ingrid’s journal and slowly allows herself to read it and learn about why Ingrid felt the need to end her life.  Caitlin also grapples with allowing herself to find another friend, to let in a boyfriend, and to understand why her favorite teacher is ignoring her.  It is the haunting story of dealing with loss, moving on, and finding peace and hope.”

Summaries were provided by YALSA.  They can be found on this website:

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/morris/morrisaward.cfm

Book Spotlight: The Roar

roar.jpg The Roar by Emma Clayton Review by Kathy, Children Services Coordinator, Central Branch In a future society, the Animal Plagues have caused all the people in the world to take refuge behind The Wall, creating a horribly overcrowded society that has (in self defense!)  destroyed the natural world.  On top of that, for some reason, no children were born for about 30 years, so the current class of 12- and 13-year-olds are the oldest children that exist.  In that class are a pair of mutant twins–Ellie, kidnapped by the government to do experiments with her mysterious powers, and Mika, desperately trying to win a Podfighter video game competition so he can find his lost sister that everyone else thinks is dead.  Only all is not what it seems…A promising start to a new dystopian series!