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It’s Awards Season!

Early 2011 means it’s the start of the red carpet awards season! But don’t ask, “Who are you wearing?” Ask, “What are you reading?” Because along with the Golden Globes and the Oscars, the biggest book awards are also announced this time of year. Some of the award winners were just announced on January 10, 2011. The Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature went to Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.Ship BreakerThis futuristic dystopian novel is set in a Gulf Coast shanty town where teenaged Nailer survives by scavenging copper wire from beached oil tankers. After a massive hurricane nearly wipes out his village, Nailer discovers a beached clipper ship filled with unimaginable riches – and a badly injured, beautiful girl who claims to be the owner of the ship. Should he scavenge the ship for its wealth, or rescue the girl?

Read this new award winner today! It’s also available in MP3-CD audiobook format in the library. Or read one of the Printz Award Honor Books, which are also recognized for being outstanding reads:

  • Stolen by Lucy Christopher
  • Please Ignore Vera Dietz by A.S. King
  • Revolver by Marcus Sedgwick*

* Revolver has the very best lines that I read in all of 2010: “His skull was a disturbing shape, flat at the back, his ears too small. His was not a face stroked into creation by God’s loving hand, but battered into shape by the Devil’s hammer.” Now THAT’S a villain!


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