YALSA Announces 2011 Award Winners and Selected Booklists

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On January 10, 2011, YALSA announced the winners of its six book and media awards at the annual Youth Media Awards announcement during ALA's Midwinter Meeting. This year's announcement included the Alex Awards, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the William C. Morris Award, the Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, the Odyssey Award, and the Michael L. Printz Award.

In addition, YALSA announced its recommended booklists during Midwinter Meeting: Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults, Best Fiction for Young Adults, Fabulous Films for Young Adults, Great Graphic Novels for Teens, Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

Book and Media Awards

Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are given each year to ten adult books with special appeal to teens and are sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. To learn more and see a complete list of official nominations, please visit www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/alex. The 2011 Alex Awards are as follows:

* The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep and Never Had To by D. C. Pierson, published by Vintage Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

* Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray, published by Hyperion

* Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok, published by Riverhead Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

* The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni, published by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of the Penguin Group

* The Lock Artist by Steve Hamilton, published by Thomas Dunne Books for Minotaur Books, an imprint of St. Martin's Press

* The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake: A Novel by Aimee Bender, published by Doubleday, a division of Random House, Inc.

* The Radleys by Matt Haig, published by Free Press, a division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.

* The Reapers Are the Angels: A Novel by Alden Bell, published by Holt Paperbacks, a division of Henry Holt and Company, LLC

* Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hatchette Book Group, Inc.

* The Vanishing of Katharina Linden: A Novel by Helen Grant, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, division of Random House.

Members of the 2011 Alex Awards Committee are Chair Beth Gallaway, Haverhill (Mass.) Public Library; Lana Adlawan, Sacramento Public Library, Elk Grove, Calif.; Hope Baugh, Carmel Clay (Ind.) Public Library; Meghan Cirrito, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, N.Y.; Crystal Faris, Kansas City (Mo.) Public Library; Karen Keys, Queens Borough Public Library, Jamaica, N.Y.; Ann Perrigo, Allegan (Mich.) District Library; Jessi Snow, Boston Public Library; Ellen Wathen, Walnut Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio; Scott Rader, administrative assistant, Hays (Kan.) Public Library; and Ian Chipman, Booklist consultant, Chicago.

Margaret A. Edwards Award

The Margaret A. Edwards Award honors an author and specific titles by that author for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature and is sponsored by School Library Journal. Learn more at www.ala.org/yalsa/ edwards. The 2011 Edwards Award winner is Sir Terry Pratchett for the following titles:

* Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, published by HarperCollins Children's Books;

* The Wee Free Men, published by HarperCollins Children's Books;

* A Hat Full of Sky, published by HarperCollins Children's Books;

* Going Postal, published by HarperCollins Publishers;

* The Color of Magic, published by HarperCollins Publishers

* Guards! Guards!, published by HarperCollins Publishers;

* Equal Rites, published by HarperCollins Publishers;

* Mort, published by HarperCollins Publishers; and

* Small Gods, published by HarperCollins Publishers. …