Monday, January 10, 2011

And the Winners Are...

A complete list of the ALA Youth Media Awards can be found here.

So how did we do in my second annual Predict the Future contest?  Well, no one guessed any of the gold medal winners. 

But we came close.

Some of the books we thought would win gold actually won silver.

Yay for Please Ignore Vera Dietz coming in with a Printz honor award!  Woot!  I'm so happy for you, Amy King!  (I was hoping it would win the Printz award itself, but it's still wonderful). 

And One Crazy Summer not only received a Newbery Honor (silver) but also the Coretta Scott King Author Award  (it was a National Book Award finalist this past year as well).

And I'm actually thrilled that Moon Over Manifest won the Newbery Medal.  I've loved the book since I read the ARC (and I urged you to read it back in September 2010), but I listened to the conventional wisdom that a debut novel never wins gold.  Now I know miracles CAN happen.

Along with Janice (bookballoon), I still love The Dreamer, and I'm happy that it won the Pura Belpre award.

As for Newbery Honors, I must admit I'm surprised at Dark Emperor, which I adore and thought would win a Caldecott Honor.

And I haven't read Turtle in Paradise or Heart of a Samurai, so there are two more to add to my ever-growing TBR list, along with Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, this year's Printz Award winner.

As for the Caldecott, we were all off.  I predicted that A Sick Day for Amos McGee would win a Caldecott honor, but never dreamed it would receive the gold medal itself.  It's well deserved, though.  It's a charming little book. 

So technically, there were no winners in my own little Gold Medal contest here, but since two people mentioned books that actually received SOME kind of award, I'm feeling generous today.  (And I'll let you in on a bookseller secret -- when it comes to Newbery and Caldecott awards, customers don't really care whether a book has the gold or silver medal on it. We shelve all the award winners and honors together).  So without further ado...

I'm awarding a copy of ONE CRAZY SUMMER (winner of a Newbery honor and CSK Author Award) to...

Check your email, Stephanie -- I'll be asking for your mailing address.

And I'll award a copy of either Ballet for Martha (which got a Sibert honor instead of the Caldecott) or The Dreamer (which got the Belpre instead of the Newbery) to...


Janice, you'll need to contact me with your mailing address (or come into the bookstore to receive your prize!).

A hearty thanks to all who entered (and those of you lurking without commenting -- chime in next time!).  Hope you had fun.

What about all of you?  Are you surprised at some of the awards?  Pleased?  Disappointed?


  1. I watched today while working on my writing. What a thrill! I have a copy of Ship Breaker on my shelf (though I haven't read it yet). Now I need to request a library copy of Moon Over Manifest.

  2. Thanks so much, Joanne! I emailed you back with my address. I haven't read Ship Breaker yet, but I'm glad a book that represents such a huge trend in YA (dystopian) got recognized. As for Moon Over Manifest, how cool that such an unknown took the top prize! I love when that happens.

  3. This was so fun! Thoug I was nowhere close to guessing, I loved thinking about who might win. Now I have a lot to add to my TBR pile.
    Thanks Joanne!

  4. Glad you had fun, Katharine. That's what I was aiming for. Next year: same time, same place!

    Yes, Caroline: anyone who hasn't read Moon Over Manifest should get right to it! It's a wonderful book.

    Stephanie, you're welcome. I want to read Ship Breaker now too. And I don't think of Moon Over Manifest as an unknown book! I've been touting it since last September. Just glad the Newbery committee considered it distinguished. And I'm ecstatic for Clare Vanderpool and can't wait to read what she writes next.

    We're all writers here. Imagine getting your first novel published and winning the NEWBERY MEDAL!

  5. Thanks so much, Joanne. What fun. I'd love to have a copy of The Dreamer. I need to get to the bookstore this week, hopefully today.


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