The Michael L. Printz Award

It’s award season. You’ve heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes for movies and TV. Then you’ve got the Grammys, the People’s Choice Awards, even the MTV Music Awards for music. But did you know there is an award for the best Young Adult book?

Looking for AlaskaIt’s called the Michael L. Printz Award. It “honors the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year. In addition, the Printz Committee names up to four honor books, which also represent the best writing in young adult literature. The awards announcement is made at the ALA Midwinter Meeting”* which is this weekend. On Monday morning, January 28, there is a news conference broadcast over the web, announcing all of the ALA award books.

Going BovineSo, who is this Michael Printz? He was a school librarian in Topeka, Kansas and was involved with YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). He had a passion for books and reading.
Past winners of this award have included Looking for Alaska by John Green (we love him!!) and Going Bovine by Libba Bray. Who’ll win this year?

Come back to this blog on January 28th, 2013 and we’ll announce it when it happens!

*from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

– by Michael Perry

After the Snow, by S. D. Crockett

After the SnowLast week’s snow was something else, wasn’t it? 7.5 inches here in Indianapolis. And the whole city seemed to stop for a day. But then the sun comes out, the snow melts and spring comes back every year, doesn’t it?

But what if it doesn’t? Enter S.D. Crockett’s After the SnowSet in a dystopian future where the Earth is in a modern Ice Age, this is the story of Willo, the son of a survivor/trapper, who is pretty good at surviving and trapping on his own. WIllo and his family live far outside the city, living on the land and on their own. But all that changes when Willo returns from a solo trip out trapping and hunting only to find his family gone, taken by the government he was taught to mistrust and stay away from. For the first time, he finds himself alone. Willo sets off across the frozen snow and ice to search for them, listening to the voice of a dog in his head. (You’ll understand when you read the book, I promise.)
During the journey, he meets and falls for a young girl. He also has to dig into his own family’s history and secrets, including who he really is and where his future lies.
Told in a dialect that is different at first, this story quickly brings you into the adventure and keeps you connected through the book. You’ll be reading this coming-of-age novel in one sitting and wanting to know more.

Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

You know the kids from Sandy Hook Elementary School are going to Chalk Hill (an old middle school building) in January, right? The Newtown PTO is wanting their return to be VERY special. This is a letter from the PTO describing “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook”

“I have heard so many requests for ways to help Sandy Hook families. In response, I wanted to let you all know that our elementary PTO has been asked to create a winter wonderland for Sandy Hook students when they come to Chalk Hill for the remainder of the school year.

They are asking for snowflakes – as many snowflakes as we can make – to decorate the school. They will hang on windows, bulletin boards, doors and walls. They will hang from the ceiling and from desks, and anything else they can think of. Please make all of the snowflakes you can manage, and to the teachers included here, your whole school can send snowflakes as well.

There is no such thing as too many snowflakes. The kids will be allowed to take some home, so they will be replenishing them daily – it’s a fantastic idea. Please send me the name of your group/school/family so that we can make sure that the Newtown PTO can know where all of the love is coming from.

Mail your snowflakes no later than January 1st to:

Sandy Hook Snowflakes
c/o Lya Schulz
24 Squire road
Monroe, CT 06468″

(You can also send your snowflakes directly to the Connecticut PTSA through Jan. 12: Connecticut PTSA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT 06514)

The Selection, by Kiera Cass

The Selection300 years in the future, the world has been reshaped by war, and society reformed by a rigid caste system. A ruling family has emerged, and a new princess is chosen in elimination style, televised for entertainment. America Singer is chosen from her district to live at the palace and vie for the heart of Prince Maxon. At first, she resents this intrusion into her plans for the future, but she comes to see that perhaps life is more complicated than anyone can anticipate. Although the palace is beautiful, the competition can be fierce, and there is always the threat of a rebel attack, which can and does happen at any time. Part dystopian novel, part fairy tale, The Selection is a fast read, and it’ll leave you wanting more, which will be out next spring in the form of “The Elite”.
But for those of you who can’t wait until the next book, there will also soon be a TV show! Check out http://www.theselection.org/!

The Hobbit

Remember in The Lord of the Rings, where Frodo had to take the One Ring of Power and pitch it into a volcano in Mordor? How did that Ring start in the Shire anyway? That story is called The Hobbit and comes out this Friday, December 14th.

This year’s movie is actually the first of three. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey takes Bilbo Baggins (the Hobbit) from his home in the Shire all the way to the Misty Mountains where he meets an interesting fellow named Gollum. Gollum, you may remember, was the weird looking character in the Lord of the Rings movies who went around talking about “my precious” all of the time. The next movies will deal with Smaug the dragon and the War of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit
The book, The Hobbit, is the prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Originally published in 1937, this book has never gone out of print. We’ve ordered extra copies at the library just for the movie. Click on the cover to the right and request a copy to pick up at your favorite branch–or go to your favorite branch and ask if a paperback is available.

*And for those Trekkies out there, go see The Hobbit at an IMAX location. You’ll be treated to the first nine minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness. Hobbits and Vulcans in the same night. Niiiiiiice.