Monday, January 26, 2009

Quick Thoughts on the ALA Awards

Newbery:  So happy that Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book won this.  I'm a big fan of his books, and I really enjoyed this one.  I so wish I could have been in the room when this one was announced.  Wondering if this will draw some of the readers of his adult titles over to his juvenile/YA titles now (and possibly further into the juvenile/YA sections)? I haven't read the others, but I have Savvy at home now and will be trying to get my hands on the rest as soon as I can to check them out.

Printz:  I need to get a hold of Jellicoe Road as soon as possible to read it.  
I'd heard good things about it but haven't gotten to it yet.  But, I am absolutely THRILLED to see Nation on the honor list.  It was my favorite book of 2008, and was my pick to win the Printz.  I've got Tender Morsels and Octavian Nothing vol. II here at home and need to move them to the top of my to-read pile now.

And as a side note, yay to my awesome friend Peter and his Arbuthnot committee for choosing K.T. Horning as the 2010 Arbuthnot lecturer!  They couldn't have made a better choice!


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