2007 ALA Awards.

This is the second year in a row that I've been out sick the day the winners are announced.

This is also the second year in a row that the Newbery went to a book that I know nothing about.  Am I just a massive loser?  Am I totally out of touch with the world of children's lit?  Sad.The Higher Power of Lucky

Newbery Winner:

The Higher Power of Lucky, by Susan Patron (ill. Matt Phelan)

Honor Books:

Penny from Heaven by Jennifer L. Holm
Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson
Rules by Cynthia Lord

Did you notice that all of those books have female protagonists?  Odd.

American Born ChinesePrintz Award:

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

Printz Honors:

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation; v. 1: The Pox Party by M. T. Anderson
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
Surrender by Sonya Hartnett
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

I still haven't read American Born Chinese because (ahem) my library doesn't have it.  Same goes for Surrender.  I've read the other three honor books -- no real surprises there.  Oh, and if you'd like to see John Green freak out about writing yet ANOTHER Printz-worthy book, be sure to watch yesterday's Brotherhood 2.0.

Margaret A. Edwards Award:

Lois Lowry

She hadn't won it already?  Shocking.

Alex Awards:

A bunch of books that DIDN'T include The Privilege of the Freaking Sword.  What's up with that, guys?  Feeling a bit peeved here.

The rest of the awards (including the Coretta Scott King, the Batchelder, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder) here.