The Michael L. Printz Award – 2014

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?
It’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 was today.

So, 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.

Here’s this year’s winner and honor books. Which have you read? Let us know in the comments below.

Printz Award winner –
Midwinterblood

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

 

 

Honor –

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Large Print

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable audiobook

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds

 

Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Maggot Moon
Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner

Downloadable e-book

 

 

Navigating Early

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool

Audiobook on CD

Downloadable e-book

Downloadable audiobook

 

*from http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz

– Michael Perry

Reboot

RebootToday, we present Reboot for your reading pleasure. This first novel by Amy Tintera has this blurb on the front cover: “5 years ago, I died. 178 minutes later, I woke up”. If that doesn’t catch your interest, the back cover starts off with “Le Femme Nikita meets Maximum Ride.”

That’s a lot to live up to, so here’s our review of the book.

First off, ZOMBIES!! And it gets better. The first line of the book is “They always screamed.”
The USA was hit with a virus called KDH that killed millions. But a few reanimated and are called “Reboots”. Wren Connolly is one such Reboot. Shot in the chest three times, she reanimated as a Reboot. She’s stronger, faster and has fewer emotions. Think zombie, but more like a soldier. The longer a Reboot is dead, the less human they are when they return. And, after 178 minutes, Wren is now one very effective Reboot.

Part of Wren’s job with HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation) is to train new Reboots. But one new Reboot, Callum Reyes, is proving to be difficult. He SMILES. He THINKS. He’s hardly a Reboot at all. He’s definitely going to be a problem for her.

Great writing by the author. The humans’ fear of Reboots, the world around Wren, the social class struggle (rich vs. poor) and more are all very believable. Filled with great action, awesome characters, and an unforgettable romance, this plot was unique and very captivating. Here’s a hint of the writing style, it’s one of our favorite quotes from the book:
“You shouldn’t let the fact that you’re a badass go to waste.”

This one is a real page turner. Everything gets wrapped up nicely in the end, yet clearly this is the first in a series from Ms. Tintera. We are very much looking forward to the next title.

–Michael Perry

Divergent – In March, the movie – and Allegiant, the third book, is on order

4420893_HiResIn case you missed it, the first Divergent movie trailer was released on Sunday night during the VMA preshow.

Here’s the trailer in all of it’s YouTubeness glory.

For those who haven’t read the trilogy by Veronica Roth on which the movie is based, the trailer makes an attempt at explaining the books’ complicated mythology: In the future, people are sorted by personality in order to be best subjugated by society. Woodley’s character, Tris Prior, is, however, ‘Divergent’ — someone not easily sorted and thus a threat. It’s a little much to explain in just a little more than a minute… but, knife-throwing! — Time online

Divergent is due in theaters on March 21, 2014.

Can’t wait to watch the film? Hey, the book is *always* better in our opinion.  Check out what we have in the collection here at Indianapolis Public Library!

DIVERGENT

Divergent

 

The book

 

The audiobook on CD

 

The downloadable e-book

 

The downloadable audiobook

 

FREE FOUR

Free Four on downloadable e-book.

This is a novella, in which a pivotal Divergent scene is retold from another point of view.

INSURGENT

Insurgent

The book

 

The audiobook on CD

 

The downloadable e-book

 

The downloadable audiobook

ALLEGIANT

Book 3, Allegiant, is on order. Due out October 22.

Happy reading and remember: “what makes you different, makes you dangerous…..”

– Janet Spaulding, MIchael Perry

Going to the State Fair?

We have to tell you when we think of the State Fair, the first thing we think of is deep-fried anything. Twinkies, Snickers, Butter, oh yeah. After that it’s a mish-mash of rides and games along the Midway, some really good music, pigs and cows and sheep and…, well, you get the idea.

The State Fair has announced that 2013 is officially “The Year of Popcorn”

But it’s always the Fair food that is first. Did you know that there is actually a LOT to eat at the State Fair that is pretty good for you and under 350 calories? What? It’s true! Check out this page for more information: Healthy Food Options at the Indiana State Fair. What’s that? Forget the healthy stuff? SHOW ME THE DEEP-FRIED GOODNESS? Okay, here’s a State Fair cookbook for you! Picnics – Potlocks and Prizewinners. Nomnomnom.

So this State Fair thing…. How long have they been around? What did it look like back in the beginning? To answer these questions and a lot more, try out this title: The Great Indiana State Fair at 150: A Pictorial Celebration by Stephen Baker. Full of pictures and more from the history of the State Fair, you’ll enjoy it!

Last but not least, Tuesday, August 13, 2013 is Turkey Hill $2 day. If you’re not in school yet or even want to go in the evening, click here for a $2 admission coupon.

Can’t go to the Fair? Click here for an Indianapolis Star section of pictures, stories and more.

However you can, enjoy the Fair!

–Michael

Where did the summer go?

We’re sure that a few of you would have welcomed this in June, while others of you are in denial about the beginning of school even today. No matter how you feel, it’s bound to happen: school either started today or is starting in the next few weeks. Either way, we hope you’ve had a great summer full of books, relaxing, sun, swimming and everything else that makes summer so great.

We’re here to help you ease back into the school mindset, so take some time to explore some of these books about high school, middle school, and all of the interesting dilemmas and such of being a student.

Here’s to a great school year! Have fun reading and Carpe Diem!*

Simply Alice

 

Simply Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

It’s Alice’s first year of high school and she’s nervous and excited at the same time. As she attempts to juggle challenges with friends, family, and school activities, Alice begins to feel better about herself than ever before.

 

 

 

 

The Chocolate War

 

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Jerry is a high school freshman who one day makes a decision that’s unpopular among his classmates-and it will change his whole life. Jerry’s persistence and determination not only catches the attention of an elite group of bullies, but also from the corrupt administration of the school.

 

 

 

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things

 

The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler

Ginny is an overweight, self-conscious sophomore at a private high school in Manhattan. She doesn’t want anyone to know how overweight she is, so she wears baggy clothing. After several situations, Ginny gains control of her life. She realizes that she must understand who she is on the inside and that this is much more important than external appearances.

 

Looking for Alaska

 

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Bored, bored, bored. Miles is 16 and ready for a change, ready to start leading a life full of more adventure than monotony. After he transfers to an Alabama boarding school, he meets beautiful, eccentric Alaska, who fills his life in more ways than he could have ever expected.

 

 

*Seize The Day!