Feb 07, 2014
Looking for great books for teens? Each year there are a host of awards for the best in Young Adult literature. Here some highlights in teen reading from 2013!
Midwinterblood, written by Marcus Sedgwick has won the 2014 Printz. Doomed love circles back through the centuries in a series of seven intricately plotted, interlocking stories set on a mysterious, isolated island. Forgetting and remembering, blessed and cursed, modern and ancient, these dualities brilliantly infuse the novel’s lush landscape. “Sedgwick’s novel is innovative and masterfully written,” said Printz Award Committee Chair Jennifer Lawson.
Of the four Printz Honor Books also named, Minnesotans may be familiar with Eleanor & Park, written by Rainbow Rowell following the publicity surrounding this book in the fall. Unlikely love blossoms on the bus when two unique, exceptional souls find strength in each other’s differences in Rowell’s emotionally charged and hopeful novel.
Eleanor & Park was also a runner up in the Odyssey awards, given to the best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults. It was narrated by Rebecca Lowman and Sunil Malhotra.
The William C. Morris YA Debut Award
Other noteworthy teen awards include the Morris award for best first novel. Charm & Strange written by Stephanie Kuehn, won top awards: Drew, also known as “Win,” has been isolated in a New Hampshire boarding school since he was 12. Though he excels at both academics and athletics, he is concealing a horrific secret that has driven him to the brink of madness. With the help of his friends, can Win confront the beast within him before it’s too late?
And Minnesota author Carrie Mesrobian won one of four Morris Honor Awards for her excellent first novel, Sex & Violence. Evan Carter bounces from school to school—he has no friends and views girls as nothing more than a means to sexual release. When a brutal attack leaves him physically and mentally broken, Evan must evaluate what matters in his life and learn how to "accept responsibility, but not blame.”
The Edwards Award, established in 1988, honors an author, as well as a specific body of his or her work, for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature. The annual award is administered by YALSA and sponsored by School Library Journal magazine. It recognizes an author's work in helping adolescents become aware of themselves and addressing questions about their role and importance in relationships, society, and in the world. The Edwards award celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2013.
The Nazi Hunters: How a Team of Spies and Survivors Captured the World's Most Notorious Nazi written by Neal Bascomb, published by Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Bascomb is a veteran non-fiction author who doesn’t disappoint with this book of intrigue, mystery, and real-life heros and villains. At the end of World War II, Adolf Eichmann, the Nazi leader responsible for organizing the deportation and imprisonment of millions of Holocaust victims, went into hiding under an assumed identity. Eventually he fled to Argentina where he lived and worked under a false name for 10 years. Bascomb tells the story of Eichmann’s crimes, his years in hiding, and his eventual capture and trial with rich detail and riveting suspense. At the same time, Bascomb introduces readers to the courageous Israeli agents, Holocaust survivors, and their families who worked together to track down, capture, and bring Eichmann to justice. “Neal Bascomb, a bestselling author for adults, brings an important moment in history to life for teen readers in a gripping and exhaustively researched narrative,” said YALSA Nonfiction Award Chair Jamison Hedin.
Check out one of these award winners today!