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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,

Zombies vs Unicorns or, The Winner Is…

Zombies vs Unicorns by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier

Unicorns FTW!

Simon and Schuster Promotion Website

Holly Black – Author website

Justine Larbalestier – Author website


Zombie Risk game
Major Spoilers Podcast
Major Spoilers Critical Hit – D&D Podcast

Mildred Laughlin 2010 Festival of the BookTamora Pierce
John Green books and Nerdfighters

Television Without

Upcoming Books

Extraordinary Secrets of April, May and June by Robin Benway
Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Space Between the Trees by Katie Williams

Heist Society

Heist Socity by Ally Carter

Extended Resources

Ally Carter website – check out her FAQ, her list of con movies and her reading guide (Hyperion Books for Children, PDF)

Heist Society has been optioned by Warner Bros with DiNovi Pictures Producing – read the Variety article

Common Con Schemes – Federal Bureau of Investigations
Edgar Degas (Wikipedia), PBS Great Performances
Pierre Auguste Renoir
Johannes Vermeer
Leonardo da Vinci (Wikipedia)
World Famous Museums


Plucky orphans
Cathie Sue’s list of Plucky Orphan Stories

  • Beka Cooper series by Tamora Pierce
  • When Dad Killed Mom by Julius Lester

Parents, don’t they suck.

The Parent Problem in Young Adult Literature” by Julie Just, New York Times Essay, April 1, 2010.
Non-suck-y parent books:

  • My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Finley Park by Steve Kluger
  • Sleeping Freshman Never Lie by David Lubar
  • Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

ALA Annual 2010
the pageturn – HarperCollins Children’s Books
Guys Read: Funny Business edited by Jon Scieszka (YouTube)


Cathie Sue:
ICE (In Case of Emergency) Contact on your mobile phone
Infinite Days by Rebecca Maizel

on TNT

So You Think You Can Dance
on Fox