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Category: Award Book

When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid

We review “When Everything Feels Like the Movies” by debut and winner of the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature author, Raziel Reed. Interview with “The National” available on YouTube

Karl’s read alike recommendation: “Sprout” by Dale Peck

Show Way: 6 Picture Books Reviews

“Home” by Carson Ellis, ,
Home by Carson Ellis,” American Indians in Children’s Literature – Debbie Reese
Home Sweet Home by Carson Ellis,” Kirkus Review, by Julie Danielson with Carson Ellis interview

Wolfie the Bunny” by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah O’Hora

Party Croc: A Folktale from Zimbabwe” by Margaret Read McDonald, Derek Sullivan

Rosie Revere Engineer” by Andrea Beaty, David Roberts,  YouTube video

Sam and Dave Dig A Hole” by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen

Show Way” by Jacqueline Woodson

Youth Media Awards 2014

Adrienne here,

Every January the American Library Association honors the previous year’s books and media created for children and teens. There are nineteen awards given at this event with other selected lists released in the days after.

The ceremony will be held during ALA Midwinter, 8 a.m. ET, January 27, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. There will be a award archive of awards.

The award that has become a favorite of Emily and mine is the William C. Morris Award. This award honors authors whose first publication was written for young adults. Having served on this committee it is exhilarating to discover new and emerging talents. Each year the five finalist titles get better, more interesting and diverse in subject matter.

This year’s finalists are the following:

Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn

Sex & Violence  by Carrie Mesrobian

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

You can view a video of the Morris Finalists here,

The winner will be announced during the Youth Media Awards. Immediately following the winner and finalists of both the Morris Award and the Nonfiction Award will speak at a reception. Tickets are $19 and well worth it.

Find out more about the award on the YALSA Morris Award website, You can sign up to volunteer to participate here,

Freak Observer by Blythe Woolston


A written review by Adrienne

“Freak Observer” by Blythe Woolston

Loa, 16, is lost, drifting through school, work and home, and alone. Asta, her little sister was the sun the family revolved around and when she died from a genetic defect the family disintegrated each isolated in their grief. Loa flows with the tide and is pushed into a strange relationship with her partner from debate club and pulled into a promising friendship at a new school.

Woolston’s debut book is viewed through Loa’s prism of grief and loneliness allowing readers to truly view loss. “Freak Observer” is the winner of the 2011 William C. Morris Award. Recommended for High School and up.

2013 Morris Award Winner & Finalists

“Seraphina” by Rachel Hartman
“Love and Other Perishable Items” by Laura Buzo
“The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily M. Danforth
“After the Snow” by S. D. Crockett
“Wonder Show” by Hannah Barnaby

The Fault in Our Stars or, Eyes of the Bluest Sky

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green

2012 ALA Youth Media Awards: YALSA and ALSC.

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“The Midnight Zoo” by Sonya Hartnett and “Going Underground” by Susan Vaught  – re-recording
“Irises” by Francisco X. Stork

Delirium or, We Used To Be Friends

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium movie deal by Deadline New York

Are All Lists Created Equal? Diversity in Award-Winning and Bestselling Young Adult Fiction” by Casey H. Rawson. The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adult. YALSA. Spring, 2011.

Rawson’s Masters papers full version (PDF)


Talk of the Nation, July 6, 2011 “YA Author Apologizes to ‘Wall Street Journal’ Critic”, NPR.
Super 8 the movie

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, audio version read by Alan Cumming
Artwiculate – Twitter # tag game

“aarrgghh” “aargh” “grrrooowwl”

So You Think You Can Dance update
Red Blood Road by Moira Young
Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon the movie

How Lamar’s Bad Prank Won a Bubba-Sized Trophy by Crystal Allen
Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and It’s Legacy by Albert Martin
6 Children’s Books
If rocks could sing Leslie McGuirk

  •     Press Here by Herve Tullet
  •     Perfect Square by Michael Hall
  •     A Suitcase Surprise for Mommy  by Cat Cora
  •     This Plus That : Life’s Little Equations by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  •     Shout! Shout It Out! by Denise Fleming

“Is Young Adult Fiction Too Dark?” with Marty Moss-Crane. RadioTimes. WHYY. July 6, 2011.