Monday, January 28, 2013


The top 2012 teen books were announced today.  They are:

The Printz Award (top fiction):  IN DARKNESS  by Nick Lake Only the darkness is real. And the hunger. When a Haitian boy called 'Shorty' gets trapped in a hospital after an earthquake, he searches for food and water, trying to ignore all the dead bodies. Darkness is all that's there...until a former slave and revolutionary leader contacts the boy, closing a 200-year gap. The former slave died in darkness; is 'Shorty' destined to follow suit? Best Teen Non-Fiction:  BOMB: The Race to Build--and Steal--The World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin While the shockwaves would come later, there were more than rumblings about the atom bomb after a German laboratory chemist discovered what made uranium atoms split in two. Witness the story of the atom bomb as Germany, the Soviet Union, the United States, and Great Britain pursued the ultimate weapon. 

Odyssey Award: Best Audiobook for teens:  THE FAULT IN OUR STARS  by John Green Hazel Grace and Augustus meet at a cancer-kids support group. Hazel's lungs are filled with tumors; Augustus is (apparently) cancer-free after a leg amputation. Their love story takes most of the book to unfold, and as it does, author Green takes us through a painfully hopeful look at living with cancer. Hazel's aching narrative goes straight to the heart. As a reader, you can sometimes distance yourself from the pain she experiences, but as a listener, you are dragged wholesale into the drama and passion that is the girl's existence. Through expert pacing, tear-filled words, breaths of pain, and angst-ridden outbursts,the narrator becomes Hazel; the listener becomes Hazel's confidante. A great audio of an excellent book.

William C. Morris Award (First-time author): Seraphina  by Rachel Hartman Although there has been peace between humans and dragons for decades, there is still great mistrust between them. This is the world that Seraphina lives in. Her only desire is to pursue her musical career. But, as the anniversary of the treaty approaches, the fragile peace is threatened and she discovers that the cost of lasting peace may be the only real friend she's ever had.