In darkness, Nick Lake. Shorty is a gangster in the slums of Site Soleil in Haiti, and he’s caught in the rubble of a hospital in the 2010 earthquake. As he lies there trapped, he thinks on his life so far, and his story is woven betwixt and between that of Toussaint L’Ouverture, the slave who led Haiti to freedom against the French in the 18th century.
There were also four Printz honours given:
Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz. “Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.” (goodreads.com)
Code name Verity, Elizabeth Wein. We reviewed this book last year (here), and it’s featured on so many Best Of lists we’re hardly surprised the good Printz people also agreed.
Dodger, Terry Pratchett. Dodger is a street urchin living in Victorian London. When he sees a girl jump out of a carriage he helps her escape her captors, thereby earning the interest of Charles Dickens, who reports him as a hero (the Artful Dodger, perhaps?), changing Dodger’s life profoundly. Encounters with the Queen, Benjamin Disraeli, and Sweeney Todd follow.
The white bicycle, Beverley Brenna, which we don’t have (yet). The story is a first-person account of Taylor Jane’s summer trip to the South of France, where she babysits for a family, which is challenging for a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome.
For more information about the Printz Award visit the American Library Association website here.
Meanwhile, the Alex Awards – for general fiction with teen appeal – were also announced, and here are the ten winners:
Caring is Creepy, by David Zimmerman
Girlchild, by Tupelo Hassman
Juvenile in Justice, by Richard Ross
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan
My Friend Dahmer, by Derf Backderf
One Shot at Forever, by Chris Ballard
Pure, by Julianna Baggott
The Round House, by Louise Erdrich
Tell the Wolves I’m Home, by Carol Rifka Brunt
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, by Maria Semple