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Start your 2013 reading lists with YALSA’s new award winners!

Over the weekend, librarians from all over the country gathered in Seattle to make some decisions about the best books of the year for teens and children.  The results of these meetings (and a year of reading everything that the committee members can get their hands/eyes on) are reflected in a variety of awards and book lists, giving readers a great resource for filling up their to-read shelf on Goodreads, or equivalent listmaking app, including paper and pencil.

(Some of the lists won’t be live until later in the week so check back at this link.)


These are the books published for teens last year that are deemed to have the best literary merit.

This year’s winner:


“Fifteen-year-old Shorty awakens beneath the ruins of a crumbled hospital in Haiti, where his weakening mind begins flashing back through his own violent history, the loss of his twin sister, and his mystical connection to Toussaint L’Ouverture, the nineteenth-century revolutionary who helped liberate his country.”

Former winners:

Have you read any of these great books?

wherethings  goingbovine  jellicoeroad


This award goes to the best book published last year by a first time author. No pressure, right?


When the death of a royal prince threatens the fragile peace between humans and dragons in Goredd, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the murder investigation. But even as she aids Prince Lucian in his mission to uncover the murderer, Seraphina conceals a dangerous secret of her own—her half-human, half-dragon heritage.

Or try out these previous winners:

freakobserver   flash burnout  cursedark



The Alex Award honors books published for adults that teenagers might really identify with and enjoy.

There is not one single book that wins an Alex, but a list.  Here are some highlights

tellthewolves  pure    dahmer     caringcreepy

There are also lists honoring the best quick, fun reads, comics, audiobooks, and more… explore them and fill up your to-read list for next year! By then there will be even more lists to peruse…


– Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Vote for your favorite YA book of 2012!

Every January, a bunch of library folk get together at their semi-annual meeting and announce the winners of annual YA book awards.   This is something I greatly look forward to each year, and spend early January scrambling to read as many of the award contenders as possible, as well as perusing YA blogs for predictions.

For a comprehensive list of the panoply of awards for young adult materials, click here.

I’ve read many opinions from bloggers, librarians, so-called-experts, etc., but I want to know what YOU (the real experts at enjoying YA literature) have to say!  Vote for your pick for the 2013 Printz Award.  The Michael L. Printz Award is given annually to the “best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit”.  Vote now–do it!

I do apologize if your favorite book is not included in my list–please comment on this post with your pick.

And the Winners Are: The 2012 Michael L. Printz Award

On Monday, January 23rd, the American Library Association announced the award-winning books written in 2011.  For those of you who fondly remember hunting through the shelves of your library as a child looking for the round foil medals of Newbery and Caldecott award books, I have good news for you.  There’s a teen award called the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature that is given out to a book that “exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature”–  a.k.a. a really good teen book!  Check your library’s shelves for the four titles that will be sporting a new Printz award sticker or reserve a copy today!
Seventeen-year-old Cullen’s summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin’s death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother’s sudden disappearance.
Sixteen-year-old Min Green writes a letter to Ed Slaterton in which she breaks up with him, documenting their relationship and how items in the accompanying box, from bottle caps to a cookbook, foretell the end.
When the twelve-year war between the Uplanders and Downlanders is over and Cam returns home to his village, questions dog him, from how he lost an arm to why he was the only one of his fellow soldiers to survive, such that he must leave until his own suspicions are resolved.
Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.
~Kelly, CLP – Woods Run

Calling All Comic, Graphic Novel, and Manga Readers!!!

The nominations for YALSA’s 2012 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list have been finalized!  All year I’ve been reading all the new graphic novels, superhero stories, and manga I can get my hands on to evaluate and nominate titles, because last year I was selected as a committee member for this list.  But the committee doesn’t just need my opinion.  We also want to hear what you think about the titles that have been nominated to be on the list.

Our final discussions will take place during the ALA Midwinter Conference.  That’s on January 20-24 of next year.  That still gives you time to read some of the books and send me your thoughts. Many of them are available from the library!  But some of them are so new we haven’t even gotten them on the shelves yet.  However, I have copies!

Publishers generously send the committee members review copies of nominated titles, so I have a whole shelf of them here at CLP – East Liberty.  Leave a comment on this post telling me which ones you’re interested in, the library branch you go to, and the librarian that you know there, and I’ll send the books over for you to read. All you have to do is fill out a one page evaluation form telling me your thoughts about whatever you’ve read.  OR you can email me the info at barbert@carnegielibrary.org

The opinions of actual readers are so helpful to us when discussion time comes around.  So please lend me your voice and help us select the books that will end up being Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2012.  Once again, the list of nominations can be found here.  And below you’ll see a sampling of some of the covers of the nominated books.

Thanks! I look forward to hearing from you.

Tessa, CLP – East Liberty

Read away the summer…

It’s my 4th favorite time of year (precluded by Christmas, Black Friday, and my birthday, naturally)! YALSA has released the list of titles picked for 2011 Teens’ Top Ten Nominations!

The teens that do the nominating are members of teen book groups that span across sixteen schools and libraries throughout the country. They chose the 25 books that they felt were the best that teen literature had to offer in the last year. Here is the list of books with some nice descriptions to help you decide which you’re going to read this summer!

From Aug. 22 until Sept. 16, teens between the ages of 12-18 can vote for their favorite book– the top ten will be announced during Teen Read Week!

Here are my favorites from the list that you should definitely check out–

Are there any books on here that you wouldn’t have picked? Any that are missing that you feel should’ve been included?

– Julie, CLP– Beechview

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