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The 2007 ALA Award winners – Young Adult January 22, 2007

Posted by sneaks in display topics, winter, YA.


ALA’s Young Adult book awards were announced earlier today. These awards include the Alex Awards, for adult books that appeal to teens, the Michael L. Printz Award for literary excellence, and the Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime contribution to young adult readers.

The 2007 Margaret A. Edwards Award:

Lois Lowry, author of The Giver, is the recipient of the 2007 Margaret A. Edwards Award honoring her outstanding lifetime contribution to writing for teens.

The Giver is a timeless classic with widespread teen appeal,” said Edwards Committee Chair Mary Hastler! “Lowry’s complex and provocative novel, translated into 22 languages, remains infinitely discussable.” Mary was quoted in the ALA’s press release about the award.

The 2007 Alex Awards:

“The Alex Awards were created to recognize that many teens enjoy and often prefer books written for adults, and to assist librarians in recommending adult books that appeal to teens. The award is named in honor of the late Margaret Alexander Edwards, fondly called ‘Alex’ by her closest friends, a young adult specialist at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore.”

  • Connolly, John. The Book of Lost Things. $23.00. Simon & Schuster/Atria.(0743298853). Fiction.
  • Doig, Ivan. The Whistling Season. $25.00. Harcourt. (0151012377). Fiction.
  • D’Orso, Michael. Eagle Blue: A Team, A Tribe, and A High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska. $23.95. Bloomsbury. (1582346232). 796.323 D
  • Gruen, Sara. Water for Elephants. $23.95. Algonquin. (1565124995). Fiction.
  • Hamamura, John. Color of the Sea. $24.95. Thomas Dunne. (0312340737). Fiction.
  • Joern, Pamela Carter. Floor of the Sky. $16.95. University of Nebraska.(0803276311). Fiction.
  • Lewis, Michael. The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game. $24.95. Norton. (0393061239). B O (for Oher).
  • Mitchell, David. Black Swan Green. $23.95. Random House.(1400063795). Fiction.
  • Rash, Ron. The World Made Straight. $24.00. Henry Holt. (0805078665). Fiction.
  • Setterfield, Diane. The Thirteenth Tale. $26.00. Simon & Schuster/Atria. Fiction.

The 2007 Michael L. Printz Award

Gene Luen Yang,for his graphic novel American Born Chinese. The book is published by First Second, an imprint of Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing Holdings Limited Partnership.

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson, published by Candlewick
  • An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, published by Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), Inc.
  • Surrender by Sonya Hartnett, published by Candlewick Press
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books.


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