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2013 Newbery and Printz Award Winners Announced

One of things that happens at the annual American Library Association’s Midwinter Meeting is the selection of the Newbery and Printz Award Winners for best contributions to American Children’s and Young Adult’s literature respectively. 

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

The One and Only Ivan
by Katherine Applegate

This year, the Newbery Medal (predictably) goes to Katherine Applegate’s (of Animorphs fame) The One and Only Ivan. There’s been a lot of buzz about this story told from the point of view of a performing gorilla, so I can’t say I’m surprised on the win. From past experience reading Animorphs and Everworld, Applegate certainly knows how to write complicated moral issues that resonate with a younger audience, so it seems like a well deserved victory.

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In Darkness by Nick Lake

In Darkness
by Nick Lake

The Printz Award this year goes to Nick Lake’s In Darkness, which was quite a dark horse (fewer than 200 ratings on Goodreads as of this writing) with Elizabeth Wein’s Code Name Verity seeming like the runaway frontrunner. Then again, a book connecting a fifteen year old in present day Haiti with Toussaint Louverture, the nineteenth century Haitian hero, with shades of magical realism definitely sounds like the kind of book that would win.

Strangely enough, neither Katy nor I have read any of the winners or Honors books, although I had planned to read Terry Pratchett’s Dodger and Katy assures me Code Name Verity was on her radar. Maybe we’ll read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe together for kicks?

For a full list of winners, see the Newbery here and the Printz here.

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