2016 Michael L. Printz Award

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The American Library Association (ALA) announced their winners for the “Youth Media Awards” which recognizes the best books of the year with awards such as the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award.

The Michael L. Printz award which recognizes excellence in literature written for young adults has been awarded to “Bone Gap” written by Laura Ruby.

I have yet to read this novel but I have heard AMAZING things. Here is a review from the School Library Journal:

“It is a rare book that sits comfortably on the shelf with the works of Twain, McCullers, Conroy, Stephen King, and D’Aulaires’ Greek Myths-rarer still that a novel combines elements of these authors together. Bone Gap does just this, to superb effect. We sta51xbt8X+5ML._SX329_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgrt with a boy named Finn and his brother, Sean. Sean is the classic hero: strong, silent, great at everything he does. Finn is a pretty boy whose otherworldly goofiness has earned him the nicknames Spaceman, Sidetrack, and Moonface. Along comes Rosza, a beautiful and damaged young woman, fleeing from some unknown evil. When she disappears, only Finn witnesses her abduction and he is unable to describe her captor. He is also unsure whether she left by force or choice. The author defies readers’ expectations at every turn. In this world, the evidence of one’s senses counts for little; appearances, even less. Heroism isn’t born of muscle, competence, and desire, but of the ability to look beyond the surface and embrace otherworldliness and kindred spirits. Sex happens, but almost incidentally. Evil happens, embodied in a timeless, nameless horror that survives on the mere idea of beauty. A powerful novel.”

 

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