Whew, what a conference! Midwinter was a delight this year. We're so glad we got a chance to catch up with so many of you.
Now that we're back, we want to highlight the 2012 YALSA awards winners and nominees that we publish and distribute:
DAYBREAK by Brian Ralph
UPDATE: YALSA posted more awards and lists today!
MILES FROM ORDINARY by Carol Lynch Williams
FALL FOR ANYTHING by Courtney Summers
2nd UPDATE: YALSA posted their popular paperback picks!
*This is the THIRD appearance on a YALSA booklist for SOME GIRLS ARE and THE CHOSEN ONE. They have each now appeared on YALSA’s Popular Paperbacks for Young Adult List (2012), Best Fiction for Young Adults (2010 & 2011) and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers (2010 & 2011). If you haven't read them yet, now's the time!Read more
Eviction Notice by K'wan
Summer Rental by Mary Kay Andrews
Excellent picks, Library Journal! If you readers want to see all of Library Journal's great picks from 2011, you can see their "best of" lists right here.Read more
Major congratulations are due to Jesmyn Ward, author of the 2011 National Book Award in Fiction winner: SALVAGE THE BONES.
Ward's gritty yet tender novel about family and poverty in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina is both beautiful and brutal. Pregnant fourteen-year-old Esch, her brothers, and their mostly absent father are preparing for the storm, but are unprepared for the aftermath.
When she accepted the award, Ward said,
"I understood that I wanted to write about the experiences of the poor, and the black and the rural people of the South, so that the culture that marginalized us for so long would see that our stories were as universal, our lives as fraught and lovely and important, as theirs."
You can re-watch the full National Book Award ceremony hosted by John Lithgow at NationalBook.org.Read more
We interrupt our regularly scheduled blogging to bring you the National Book Award-finalists from Macmillan!
SALVAGE THE BONES by Jesmyn Ward (Bloomsbury USA)
THE CONVERT by Deborah Baker (Graywolf Press)
See the full list of NBA-nominees at Publishers Weekly.Read more