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Asnodgrass

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Okay, so I know there are tons of fabulous books out there that have not won awards. However, I've decided to focus on reading award winning YA books for the next few weeks. Because there is an endless sea of possibilitites, I would love to hear what some of your favorite award winning YA books are?

Last year I enjoyed reading Hattie Big Sky by Kirby Larson and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart.

(Disclaimer: I read 100+ books last year... so these are two that came to mind that I knew were award winners and that I loved!)
#1 - January 18, 2011, 10:46 AM

what do you qualify as Award? just shortlisted for the
few YA awards out there?

i really loved Marcelo in the Real World by francisco x. stork

of course, in light of what my friend l. k. madigan is going through
and the debs giveaway to spread her Book Love, Flash Burnout
is simply amazing.
#2 - January 18, 2011, 10:54 AM
Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow: 4/28/09)
Fury of the Phoenix (Greenwillow: 3/30/11)
Serpentine (Month9Books: 9/1/15)

Asnodgrass

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Shortlisted counts as far as I'm concerned.

FlashBurnout is definitely on my list. I'm about to take my kids to the library. (our weekly trip) I'm going to request that the library orders a copy of Flash Burnout if they don't already have one.

I loved Marcelo in the Real World. That was a phenomenal read.
#3 - January 18, 2011, 11:14 AM

also Ash by lo and Beautiful Creatures by stohl & garcia.

The Thief by megan whalen turner. only
that was a newbury honor but the rest of the
series just gets better and better.

The Graveyard Book.

i''m also dying to read One Crazy Summer by rita williams garcia
and Ship Breaker by paolo b.
#4 - January 18, 2011, 11:21 AM
Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow: 4/28/09)
Fury of the Phoenix (Greenwillow: 3/30/11)
Serpentine (Month9Books: 9/1/15)

mcg0625

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John Green's Looking for Alaska and An Abundance of Katherines won the Printz Award and Printz Honor a few years ago.  They're amazing.  Also, A.S. King's Please Ignore Vera Dietz just won the Printz Honor.  It was fantastic!
#5 - January 18, 2011, 11:23 AM

I second The Graveyard Book.

Also, Going Bovine by Libba Bray
#6 - January 18, 2011, 11:58 AM

Asnodgrass

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Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions!

So far I've read The Thief (and the rest of that series because it rocked!), The Graveyard Book (awesome!), Looking For Alaska (sigh... loved), and An Abundance of Katherines (wonderfully witty).

The library had The Mermaid's Mirror (I checked itout) but not Flash Burnout. I told the librarian about it and she wrote it down. :) Hopefully it will grace the shelves soon. Our library rocks.

Keep those suggestions coming!
#7 - January 18, 2011, 02:12 PM

ecb

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Well, if we're spreading Morris Award love, then you'll want Blythe Woolston's THE FREAK OBSERVER, as well as this year's finalists: Barbara Stuber's CROSSING THE TRACKS; Lish MacBride's HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER; Karen Healey's GUARDIAN OF THE DEAD; and Eishes Chayil's HUSH.

Cyndi covered 2010 pretty well, but 2009 had, um, my book A CURSE DARK AS GOLD; Kristin Cashore's GRACELING, Christina Meldrum's MADAPPLE; Jenny Valentine's ME, THE MISSING, AND THE DEAD; and James Lecesne's ABSOLUTE BRIGHTNESS.
#8 - January 18, 2011, 08:54 PM

C. Lee

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what do you qualify as Award? just shortlisted for the
few YA awards out there?

i really loved Marcelo in the Real World by francisco x. stork

of course, in light of what my friend l. k. madigan is going through
and the debs giveaway to spread her Book Love, Flash Burnout
is simply amazing.
I'm just going with Cindy on this one.
#9 - February 17, 2011, 04:53 PM

Mike Jung

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This year's Printz winner, Paolo Bacigalupi's SHIP BREAKER, is a phenomenal read, as are the first two books in Kathleen Duey's Resurrection of Magic trilogy (SKIN HUNGER was an NBA finalist a few years ago). MARCELO is fantastic, and I think Francisco Stork's follow-up THE LAST SUMMER OF THE DEATH WARRIORS is just as good. I believe Courtney Summers's debut CRACKED UP TO BE won a Cybil? I think? Regardless, all of Courtney's books are fantastic.
#10 - February 17, 2011, 05:47 PM

HOW I LIVE NOW is a Printz Award winner that really left an impression on me.
#11 - June 14, 2011, 07:55 PM

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Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl
Melina Marchetta's Jellicoe Road

in addition to many others already named!
#12 - June 17, 2011, 02:15 PM
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