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!)


Alex Awards!

Every year YALSA publishes a list of books that were marketed to adults but have teen appeal.  So, if you want to wander into the adult world of reading here are a few titles start with.

Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin
With a singing voice that can shake an auditorium, Judy should be the star of Darcy Academy, the local performing arts high school. So why is a girl this promising hiding out in a seedy motel room on the edge of town? A scathingly funny and moving book about dreams and reality, at once light on its feet and profound.

In Zanesville by Jo Ann Beard
Along with her best friend, the fourteen-year-old narrator navigates a 1970s American girlhood, including challenges from popular girls and the first hints of womanhood.

The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan
A modern love story told through a series of dictionary-style entries is a sequence of intimate windows into the large and small events that shape the course of a romantic relationship.

The New Kids:  Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser
Freelance writer Hauser tracks the staff and students at the International High School at Prospect Heights in Brooklyn, N.Y., providing their personal histories as well as their day-to-day experiences.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Waging a fierce competition for which they have trained since childhood, circus magicians Celia and Marco unexpectedly fall in love with each other and share a fantastical romance that manifests in fateful ways.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Ready Player One takes place in the not-so-distant future–the world has turned into a very bleak place, but luckily there is OASIS, a virtual reality world that is a vast online utopia. People can plug into OASIS to play, go to school, earn money, and even meet other people (or at least they can meet their avatars), and for protagonist Wade Watts it certainly beats passing the time in his grim, poverty-stricken real life. Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday, the now-deceased creator of OASIS and the richest man to have ever lived. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday's fortune. But Halliday has not made it easy. And there are real dangers in this virtual world. Stuffed to the gills with action, puzzles, nerdy romance, and 80s nostalgia, this high energy cyber-quest will make geeks everywhere feel like they were separated at birth from author Ernest Cline."–Chris Schluep, Amazon Best Book of the Month

Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson
Two decades into the future humans are battling for their very survival when a powerful AI computer goes rogue, and all the machines on earth rebel against their human controllers.

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
Enduring a hardscrabble existence as the children of alcoholic and absent parents, four siblings from a coastal Mississippi town prepare their meager stores for the arrival of Hurricane Katrina while struggling with such challenges as a teen pregnancy and a dying litter of prize pups.

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt:  A Novel in Pictures by Caroline Preston
For her graduation from high school in 1920, Frankie Pratt receives a scrapbook and her father's old Corona typewriter. Despite Frankie's dreams of becoming a writer, she must forgo a college scholarship to help her widowed mother. But when a mysterious Captain James sweeps her off her feet, her mother finds a way to protect Frankie from the less-than-noble intentions of her unsuitable beau. Through a kaleidoscopic array of vintage postcards, letters, magazine ads, ticket stubs, catalog pages, fabric swatches, candy wrappers, fashion spreads, menus, and more, we meet and follow Frankie on her journey in search of success and love.

The Talk-Funny Girl by Roland Merullo
Raised by parents so intentionally isolated that they speak their own hybrid dialect, abused youth Marjorie witnesses her parents' submission to a sadistic cult leader before she is rescued by another abuse survivor who teaches her stoneworking skills.

Book Spotlight: Ship Breaker

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Review by Phil, Librarian, Cloverdale Branch

Bright Sands Beach is a bleak place, and Nailer's ship breaking crew is barely able to eke a living salvaging materials from the long-abandoned hulks of oil tankers.  Faced with a shortage of food, rival crews, and the "city killer" mega hurricanes, survival is a daily task.  The only hope that ship breakers have is to hit a lucky strike – a hidden cache of rare materials – and buy their way out.  When a city killer hits Bright Sands and washes ashore the wreck of a wealthy clipper, Nailer thinks he's finally hit his lucky strike, and found his way out.  Much to his surprise he finds a lone survivor- a beautiful and wealthy girl – and their encounter ushers in a world of danger, adventure, and ultimately, hope.

Why I picked it up:  An adventure tale set in the post-carbon world by a multiple award winning author – I had to check it out!

Why I finished it:  It was hard to put down from the onset.  I really enjoyed the characters, and the world that Bacigalupi created is rich and intriguing.  Plus, there are some real curveballs in there that make you keep reading.

I'd recommend it to:  Anyone wanting a strong adventure tale, and anyone who likes to let their imagination run wild.

2011 Sibert Award Winner!

In an earlier post, we shared information about the 2011 Youth Media Awards, which  were announced last week— these are the winners of the prestigious awards for children's and teen's literature published in the past year. 

This post, highlighting the Sibert Award, is for all you nonfiction lovers out there!


The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Medal is awarded annually to the author(s) and illustrator(s) of the most distinguished informational book published in English during the preceding year. The award is named in honor of Robert F. Sibert, the long-time President of Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc. of Jacksonville, Illinois.




Kakapo Rescue:
Saving the World's Strangest Bird
written by Sy Montgomery
& illustrated by Nic Bishop

On remote Codfish Island off the southern coast of New Zealand live the last 91 kakapo parrots on earth. Originally this bird numbered in the millions before humans brought predators to the islands. Now on the isolated island refuge, a team of scientists is trying to restore the kakapo population.

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Two Sibert Honor Books were also named this year;  they are:


I look forward to some great informational reading! 



2011 Printz Award Winner announced

The 2011 Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, January 10th — these are the winners of the prestigious awards for children's and teen's literature published in the past year. 

I plan to highlight each of the teen awards over the next week, but the first one is the Printz Award.


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. 


Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

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Four Printz Honor Books also were named this year;  they are:

I haven't read any of these yet, so I'm looking forward to some great reads!!–KD



Teen Top Ten announced for 2010~!!

The "Teens' Top Ten" is a list of each year's very best books, chosen by TEENS LIKE YOU.  Members of teen book groups around the country nominate their favorite books, and then teens everywhere vote on their favorite ones (did you vote?!).  This year, the voting occurred between August 23 and September 17;  the winners were announced TODAY, to kick off Teen Read Week. 

And the winners are:

# 1

Catching Fire 
by Suzanne Collins

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# 6

Beautiful Creatures 
by Kami Garcia and 
Margaret Stohl

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# 2

City of Glass 
by Cassandra Clare

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# 7

Along for the Ride 
by Sarah Dessen

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# 3 

Heist Society
by Ally Carter

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# 8

If I Stay 
 by Gayle Forman

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# 4

by Maggie Stiefvater

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# 9

by Kristin Cashore

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# 5

 Hush, Hush 
by Becca Fitzpatrick

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# 10

by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Click this link  for the official announcement, and to see the special webcast featuring video announcement featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Diva Eve Torres!

Michael L. Printz Award…

The Michael L. Printz Award is given to one book in the past year that “that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature”.  This year the award goes to…

going.jpg  Going Bovine by Libba Bray!
Going Bovine was recently reviewed by a staff member of Sonoma County Library.  Click here to see that review!

The Printz Honor Books go to:

Charles and Emma:  The Darwins’ Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
Punkzilla by Adam Rapp
Tales of the Madman Underground:  An Historical Romance, 1973 by John Barnes

Stay tuned for more great award winner books!

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:

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:

And the Winners Are…

From August 24th to September 18th more than 11,000 teens voted on their favorite book of the year.  There are lots of great titles on this list but the winner is Paper Towns by John Green.  Here is the complete list of this year’s winners:

paper.jpg Paper Towns by John Green

breaking.jpg Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

hunger.jpg The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

city1.jpg City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

identical.jpg Identical by Ellen Hopkins

graveyard.jpg The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

wake.jpg Wake by Lisa McMann

untamed.jpg Untamed by P.C. and Kristin Cast

history.jpg The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart

graceling.jpg Graceling by Kristin Cashore