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NZ Post Children’s (and YA) Book Award WINNERS!

Well that crept up on us – the winners of the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards have just been announced! The overall winner of the Margaret Mahy Book of the year prize went to The Boring Book by Vasanti Unka! The Boring Book also won its category of Best Picture Book.

Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsThe winner of the young adult category was Mortal Fire by Elizabeth Knox! I know we have a number of Elizabeth Knox fans among our readers – hurrah!

“Mortal Fire is an incredibly well-written and engaging book. The story is like a jigsaw that slowly slots together and leaves the reader satisfied but haunted by the events and the characters. It is a book that operates on a supernatural, fantastical level, while still containing the core young adult material about finding out who you are,” says Barbara Else.

The other winners were Dunger by Joy Cowley (Junior Fiction), The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand by Paul Adamson (Non-fiction), A Necklace of Souls by R L Stedman (Best Debut) and The Three Bears…Sort Of by Yvonne Morrison and Donovan Bixley (Children’s Choice). We have all of the winners in our collection – click on the links above to reserve them!

Goodreads’ Best Reads for 2013

The Best Books of 2013 have been decided. Rainbow Rowell wins again! It is the year of Rainbow Rowell.

Young Adult Fiction Category Top 5

Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell

Dare You To, Katie McGarry

United We Spy, Ally Carter

The Moon & More, Sarah Dessen

Young Adult Fantasy & Science Fiction Category Top 5

Allegiant, Veronica Roth

Clockwork Princess, Cassandra Clare

The Indigo Spell, Richelle Mead

Opal, Jennifer L Armentrout

Scarlet, Marissa Meyer

You can see them all here.

We at Wellington City Libraries read a fair quantity of books, so we’ll be letting you know what our favourites were over the next few weeks also!

Award Winners!

Each year at approximately this time the American Library Association announces the winners of its prestigious book awards, generating much excitement. Here’s a quick summary of the deserved winners this year:

Newbery Medal Winner

The Newbery Medal is one of the most prestigious awards for writers of children’s fiction (and sometimes teen-type books win it also).

Printz Award Winner

The Printz Award is given for excellence in young adult literature.

  • Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley

Printz Honour Books

Alex Awards

The Alex Awards are for the best books that appeal to a young adult audience. There are 10 Alex Award winners (we have some in the general fiction collection):

  1. Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin
  2. In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard
  3. The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan
  4. The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser
  5. The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern
  6. Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
  7. Robopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson
  8. Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
  9. The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston
  10. The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo

If you’re interested in reading award winning books, have a look at these previous posts.

The BNZ Literary Awards 2011

The BNZ Literary Awards are possibly New Zealand’s most famous awards for short story writing. Previous winners include such luminaries as CK Stead, Frank Sargeson, Maurice Shadbolt and Keri Hulme.

There is a Young Writer’s award for secondary school students (prize is $1,500, plus the kudos of winning your school a further $2,000).

Entries for the Young Writer’s award close on 31 May 2011.

Most interesting (from a teen blog perspective) is the Short Short Story competition they are running this year. Here at the teen blog we love short short stories, so we approve of this addition. The short short story competition runs from 25 April to 16 May and must be submitted through Facebook – note the closing date is different for this award, and don’t miss out! 150 words: no problem.

For more information, and to enter your story, visit the BNZ Facebook page (if you like them they’ll also send you alerts and updates about the competition).

Andre Norton Award Nominees

The Andre Norton Award is part of the Nebula Awards, held annually and organised by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. As the name suggests, the awards are for excellence in science fiction and fantasy writing, plus there is an award for film. Award winners will be announced on May 21.

This year’s Andre Norton nominees (books published in 2010) are:

The Ray Bradbury Award for Dramatic Presentation also has some interesting nominees:


BreakOut is a database of “scholarships for school, polytechnic or travel grants; sports and arts schemes; personal grants; personal development funds; and academic and non-academic funding” (that covers everything I guess!) for New Zealanders, young and old. You can access it (and loads of other databases) through, provided you have a library card.

If you like voting, vote here

While New Zealand is getting all excited about voting for mayors and whatnot (if you’re 18 or over then don’t forget to vote by October 9!), here are a couple of places you can exercise your right by voting in the following competitions/vote offs/popularity contests:

1) Until the 17th (was a bit slow out of the blocks) you can vote on the ALA (American Library Association) Teen Choice Teens Top 10 2010 List. Voting is for the best books of the previous year, so titles include such gems as Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, City of Glass by Cassandra Clare, Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen, Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, and much more.

2) And again, if you vote, like, today (sorry!), there are the Teen Reads Awards. These are Canadian, and they’re a bit like the Teen Choice awards you see on TV. Categories include Best Hottie, Best Villain and Best Lip Lock, see.

We might check back in later with results, in case you’re interested.

TC 2010

The Teen Choice Awards 2010 nominees have been announced, and you can vote for your favourite (so long as you’re a teen living in the US,  but don’t let that stop you) daily on the official website. There are like a million categories to vote in! Maybe we should run our own, Wellington-only version?

Incredibly G.I. Joe : Rise of Cobra has five nominations, which frankly boggles the mind.

Read a massive list of the more interesting nominees by clicking on ‘more’ below.

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Grammy Awards

The 52nd Grammy Awards were held a couple of days ago. If you’d like to hear some of the winners, we have a lot in the YA collection just waiting to be issued. Click on the links below …

Michael Jackson, lifetime achievement.
Kings Of Leon, record of the year for Use Somebody (off the album Only By The Night)
Taylor Swift, album of the year for Fearless
Black Eyed Peas, best pop vocal album for The E.N.D.
Jason Mraz, best male vocal pop performance for Make It Mine
Lady Gaga, best electronic/dance album for The Fame
AC/DC, best rock performance for War Machine
Green Day, best rock album for 21st Century Breakdown
Phoenix, best alternative album for Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
Jay-Z, best rap solo performance for D.O.A.
and Beyonce won six for all sorts of things, the record for the most Grammys at a single awards show ever. I Am… Sasha Fierce is the place to look, or rather, listen.

Did you watch the awards? Agree/disagree with the winning choices?

We don’t have copyright for any images from the Grammys, but luckily Capt. Walker de Planck is a big Beyonce fan and he drew an artists rendition of her accepting her awards on his new iPad. Thanks Captain!


Going Bovine is Award Winning

Libba Bray has won the 2010 Michael Printz Award for her book Going Bovine, about Cameron, a sixteen year old with Mad Cow disease and who goes on a road trip with a gaming dwarf. As I mentioned in an earlier post, this is such a strange story idea that it’s just begging to be read.

If you want to find out more about award winning books, visit this post.

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