Award Winners!

Printz Award:  Excellence in literature for young adults:

In Darkness by Nick Lake
Summary provided by our catalog:  "In the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, fifteen-year-old Shorty, a poor gang member from the slums of Site Soleil, is trapped in the rubble of a ruined hospital, and as he grows weaker he has visions and memories of his life of violence, his lost twin sister, and of Toussaint L'Ouverture, who liberated Haiti from French rule in the 1804."

Printz Award Honor Books:

   

"The White Bicycle" by Beverley Brenna (The library does not own this title yet!  Stay tuned!)

 

More 2012 Staff Picks!

Recommended by Sandra at Central                              Recommended by Sandra at Central

 

 

Recommended by Sandra at Central                              Recommended by Sandra at Central

 

  

Recommended by Rachel at Central

2012 Staff Picks

 

Recommended by Kathy D. at Central                           Recommended by Kathy D. at Central

 

 

Recommended by Genny & Kathy D. at Central           Recommended by Geoffrey at Central

 

  

Recommended by Geoffrey & Kathy D. at Central       Recommended by Kathy D. at Central

 

                                              

Recommended by Tiffany at Sebastopol                     Recommended by Rebecca at Central

              & Charity at Healdsburg

 

                                                

Recommended by Rebecca at Central                             Recommended by Genny at Central

 

                                              

Recommended by Nancy at Northwest                            Recommended by Kim at Northwest

 

                                                                   

 

 

 

 

        

Recommended by Rebecca & Kathy D. at Central    Recommended by Nancy at Northwest

                 & Tiffany at Sebastopol         

 

                                                                                          

 

 

Teen Book Review: Icefall

Icefall by Matthew Kirby

Review by:  Anna, Sonoma Valley Branch

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby is a dramatic, keeps-you-guessing novel. During the time of the Vikings (I believe), Solveig, her brave younger brother, and her gorgeous older sister get sent with a small caravan to an ice fortress to wait while their father, a king, rages a battle in their homeland. At some point, people start to believe that there is a traitor among them, and that they’re waiting for an ambush in their so-called sanctuary. The fact that her brother will inherit the crown and beauty of her sister has always shadowed Solveig. It is during this time of suspicion and deciding where her allies lie that Solveig finds her voice and steps out of the shadows.

I really liked this book, even though it’s hard to find a book that I don’t like. There aren’t that many books about Vikings so I thought that it was an interesting storyline. It’s a common loser-turned-hero story, only better. I would recommend this to pretty much anyone. Girls would probably like it more because it’s from Solveig’s point of view but I think that boys would like any book with Vikings in it.