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Archive for January, 2009

Browse Printz Award Winner Jellicoe Road

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 30, 2009

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In case you forgot, Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta is this year’s Printz Award winner. You can click on the widget above to browse inside the book. Better yet, stop by the media center to check out the “real” book and read it cover to cover for yourself. The Michael L. Printz Award is presented annually for excellence in literature for young adults. In Jellicoe Road, seventeen-year-old Taylor Markham struggles with a difficult past and emerges from a troubled teenager to an independent young woman. Happens to the best of us.

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ALA Presents Youth Media Awards

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 26, 2009

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Right now the ALA is holding its Midwinter Conference and today they are announcing their Youth Media Awards. These include the Coretta Scott King Award, the Alex Award, awarded to adult books with special appeal for young adults, named for Margaret Alexander Edwards, a young adult librarian.  The books include City of Thieves, The Dragons of Babble, Finding Nouf, The Good Thief, Just After Sunset, Mudbound, Over and Under, The Oxford Project, Sharp Teeth, and Three Girls and Their Brother. Jim Rettig, President of the Young Adult Library Services Association division of ALA (YALSA) presented awards for the Schneider Family Book Award, which recognizes people with disabilities,  to Piano Starts Here: the Young Art Tatum; Waiting for Normal; and Jerk, California. Deborah Taylor presented the winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award which honors authors and illustrators of books which honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The John Steptoe New Talent Award was awarded to Shadra Strickland, illustrator of Bird. Honor awards for illustrators went to Kadir Nelson, Sean Qualls, and Jerry Pinkney. Floyd Cooper received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for The Blacker the Berry. Hope Anita Smith, Joyce Carol Smith, and Carole Boston Weatherford received honor author awards. Kadir Nelson received the Coretta Scott King Author Award for We Are the Ship: The Story of the Negro League Baseball. Honor recipients of the Odyssey Award for the best audiobook available in English in the United States were Curse of the Blue Tattoo, Elijah of Buxton, I’m Dirty!, Martina the Beautiful Cockroach, and Nation. The winner of the Odyssey award was The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. The Margaret A. Edwards Award winner for significant and lasting contribution to YA literature was Laurie Halse Anderson for Fever 1793, Catalyst, and Speak. Nominees for the William C. Morris Award for previously unpublished authors included: A Curse Dark As Gold; Graceling; Absolute Brightness; Madapple; and Me, The Missing, and the Dead. The winner was A Curse Dark as Gold. The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in Young Adult Literature included The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, The Disreputable Life of Frankie Landau-Banks, Nation, and Tender Morsels. the winner was Jellicoe Road. The Pura Belpre Award which honors Latino writers included three illustrator honor books: Papa and Me, The Storyteller’s Candle, and What Can You Do with a Rebozo? The winner was Just in Case. The Mildred L. Batchelder Award honor books included Garmann’s Summer and Tiger Moon. The winner, for books originally published in other languages and translated into English, went to Moribito. The Laura Ingalls Wilder Award went to author/illustrator Ashley Bryan. The Andrew Carnegie Medal for outstanding children’s video went to March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World. The video was produced by the sister of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Are You Ready to Play Outside? won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award. The House in the Night was the winner of the Caldecott Medal for outstanding illustration of a children’s book. The Newbery Award honor books for the most distinguished children’s book included The Underneath, The Surrender Tree Poems, Savvy,  and After Tupac & D Foster. The winner of the Newbery Medal was The Graveyard Book. For more information and for corrections on my hastily-written blog, visit the ALA website.

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Meet Inaugural Poet Elizabeth Alexander

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 20, 2009

As a Blatant Bibliophile, you may also be a poetry fan, and so you might be wondering about the poem from today’s inauguration. The poem was written and presented by Elizabeth Alexander, who is a multi-talented poet, essayist, teacher, and playwright. Ms. Alexander was born in New York and raised in Washington, D.C. She earned her Ph. D. in English from the University of Pennsylvania and also holds degrees from Yale and Boston Universities.  One of Ms. Alexander’s five books of poetry, American Sublime, was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists and was an American Library Association Notable Book. She is the first recipient of the Alphonse Fletcher, Sr. Fellowship which is awarded for work that contributes to improving race relations. Currently, Ms. Alexander is on the faculty of Yale University.  You can visit her website or read a biography and some of her work at the website of  The Academy of American Poets. Here is the transcript of her poem courtesy of The New York Times as provided by CQ transcriptions:

Praise song for the day.

Each day we go about our business, walking past each other, catching each others’ eyes or not, about to speak or speaking. All about us is noise. All about us is noise and bramble, thorn and din, each one of our ancestors on our tongues. Someone is stitching up a hem, darning a hole in a uniform, patching a tire, repairing the things in need of repair.

Someone is trying to make music somewhere with a pair of wooden spoons on an oil drum with cello, boom box, harmonica, voice.

A woman and her son wait for the bus.

A farmer considers the changing sky; A teacher says, “Take out your pencils. Begin.”

We encounter each other in words, words spiny or smooth, whispered or declaimed; words to consider, reconsider.

We cross dirt roads and highways that mark the will of someone and then others who said, “I need to see what’s on the other side; I know there’s something better down the road.”

We need to find a place where we are safe; We walk into that which we cannot yet see.

Say it plain, that many have died for this day. Sing the names of the dead who brought us here, who laid the train tracks, raised the bridges, picked the cotton and the lettuce, built brick by brick the glittering edifices they would then keep clean and work inside of.

Praise song for struggle; praise song for the day. Praise song for every hand-lettered sign; The figuring it out at kitchen tables.

Some live by “Love thy neighbor as thy self.”

Others by first do no harm, or take no more than you need.

What if the mightiest word is love, love beyond marital, filial, national. Love that casts a widening pool of light. Love with no need to preempt grievance.

In today’s sharp sparkle, this winter air, anything can be made, any sentence begun.

On the brink, on the brim, on the cusp — praise song for walking forward in that light.

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Escape with Secret Keeper!

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 14, 2009

One of our favorite readergirlz, Mitali Perkins, has just published another great book. Secret Keeper was released to her eagerly-awaiting fansyesterday. Mitali was born in Calcutta, India and has lived in Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York, Mexico, and California. She studied political science at Stanford and public police at U.C. Berkeley. She typically writes about strong female characters trying to bridge different cultures. Here’s a synopsis of the Secret Keeper from Mitali’s website, Fire Escape:

When her father leaves India to look for work in America, Asha Gupta, her older sister, Reet, and their mother must wait with Baba’s family in Calcutta. Asha’s solace is her rooftop hideaway, where she pours her heart out in her diary, and begins a clandestine friendship with Jay Sen, the boy next door. Then news arrives about Baba … and Asha must make a choice that will change their lives forever. PW says this book is “an intimate and absorbing drama … a moving portrait of a rebellious teen who relies on ingenuity rather than charm to prove her worth.”

You can also check out Mitali’s blog for more information. Secret Keeper should be arriving in the media center any day now for you to check out!

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Reading Bowl Team Places Third in Competition

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 14, 2009


Congratulations to the Reading Bowl team who worked diligently and battled valiantly in the county Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl competition Monday. Team members include: Alex D., Huma A., Megan B., Mubeen A., Paul B., Emily S., and Sky H. We placed third in the county competition with great work from all team members. Our non-senior members will be back next year to claim their rightful prize as champions!

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Only One More Day To Wait For Forever Princess

Posted by blatantbibliophiles on January 5, 2009


So what are you doing tomorrow, Bibliophiles? Why trying to get your  hands on a copy of  Princess Diaries X, the conclusion to the Princess Diaries series by Creekview fav author Meg Cabot. In Forever Princess, Mia has a lot of decisions to make–about college, the future of Genovia, Prince Phillipe, her first love Michael, and her dreamy boyfriend J.P. Will Mia make the right decisions? Her choices could not only affect the next four years of her life, but–forever! Join Mia in her final romp, Forever Princess. Check out Meg’s website for more details.

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