Today the 2013 award winners were announced for outstanding works in literature for children and young adults. Though my favorite (Wonder) was not a winner, these fabulous books all deserved their awards. I highly recommend each of these books.
Newbery Winner: THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN
“The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate and illustrated byPatricia Castelao is byHarperCollins Children’s Books. Ivan’s transformative emergence from the “Ape at Exit 8” to “The One and Only Ivan, Mighty Silverback,” comes to life through the gorilla’s own distinct narrative voice, which is filled with wry humor, deep emotion and thought-provoking insights into the nature of friendship, hope and humanity.
Caldecott Winner: THIS IS NOT MY HAT
“This Is Not My Hat,” written and illustrated by Jon Klassen and published by Candlewick Press. In this darkly humorous tale, a tiny fish knows it’s wrong to steal a hat. It fits him just right. But the big fish wants his hat back. Klassen’s controlled palette, opposing narratives and subtle cues compel readers to follow the fish and imagine the consequence.
Printz Award Winner: IN DARKNESS
“In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake tells the story of fifteen-year-old Shorty who awakens beneath the ruins of a crumbled hospital in Haiti, where his weakening mind begins flashing back through his own violent history, the loss of his twin sister, and his mystical connection to Toussaint Louverture, the nineteenth-century revolutionary who helped liberate his country.
Pure Belpre Winner: ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE
“Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” by Benjamin Alire Saenz, brings readers the tale of 15-year-old loner Aristotle Mendoza and his friendship with Dante Quintana. Sáenz exquisitely captures the story of two boys on the edge of manhood. By addressing issues of identity, friendship, family and love, Sáenz pushes beyond geography, sexuality and cultural identity to create a truly universal novel.The book was published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Sibert Medal: BOMB: THE RACE TO BUILD–AND STEAL–THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS WEAPON
“Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” by Steve Sheinkein, published by Flash Point,is a riveting thriller told in three parallel stories: the race against time to build the world’s first atomic bomb; the determination to stop the Nazis from developing it first; and the stealthy efforts of Soviet spies to steal the American plans.
William C. Morris Award: SERAPHINA
“Seraphina” written by Rachel Hartman, when the death of a royal prince threatens the fragile peace between humans and dragons in Goredd, court musician Seraphina is drawn into the murder investigation. But even as she aids Prince Lucian in his mission to uncover the murderer, Seraphina conceals a dangerous secret of her own—her half-human, half-dragon heritage.