Award Winners!

And the winner is…..  Check out these award winning books….


Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

  Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

  2012 Honor Books:

  Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

  The Returning by Christine Hinwood

  Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey




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Teen Book Review: Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl

  Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater

  Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

 Adventures of a Cat-Whiskered Girl by Daniel Pinkwater is the companion novel to The Yggyssey and The Neddiad.  Audrey is a girl with peculiar cat whiskers.  She recently moved to Poughkeepsie, and works in a store that specializes in aliens, UFOs, Big Foot, and anything science fiction.  Audrey befriends two people from the local loony bin, Professor Tag and Molly.  They all go on a crazy chase, trying to find out why there is a picture of a girl that looks exactly like Audrey, cat whiskers and all.

I enjoyed this book.  It was sometimes hard to follow, because Pinkwater makes up so many things and places.  It was still really fun to read, though, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys fantasy fiction.

Teen Book Review: Girl Wonder

  Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin

 Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

 Girl Wonder by Alexa Martin is about Charlotte Locke, whose family just moved to Shady Grove.  So far, Charlotte hates Shady Grove.  No friends, bad math scores, and no college applications ready.  But, everything starts to look up when Charlotte becomes friends with the most popular girl in school, Amanda.  With such a big improvement, Charlotte's new status seems too good to be true.

I really liked this book.  It puts an unique spin on the common new-girl-in-town theme.  If you like books that you can relate to easily, then I would recommend this book to you.

Teen Book Review: Crazy

  Crazy by Han Nolan

 Review by Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

 Crazy by Han Nolan is about Jason, and the problems he faces with his crazy dad.  After his mother dies, the responsibility of taking care of his father.  Because neither Jason nor his dad has a job, the house is falling apart and they have very little food.  Making sure his dad is safe requires so much of Jason's time that he has no friends, and he copes with the loneliness by talking to the voices inside his head.  Jason knows the voices are just a figment of his imagination, but he can't help wondering if this was how is dad started becoming crazy.

I loved this book.  I think it accurately tells how it's like to be living with someone crazy, or be crazy.  I thought it was so interesting.  I would recommend this book to anyone.  It doesn't matter what type if books you like, I think you'll love this one.