Printz and Alex Awards

ghostsIf you haven’t already done so, you may want to check out some of these titles that were honoured with 2016 ALA Youth Media Awards:

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults:

  • Bone Gap by Laura Ruby

Printz Honor Books:

  • Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Perez
  • The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • All Involved by Ryan Gattis
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis
  • Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong
  • Girl at War by Sara Nović
  • Half the World by Joe Abercrombie
  • Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
  • Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia
  • Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta
  • The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

See the full list of all the 2016 ALA Youth Media Award Winners

We have some of these books already and many more will be arriving on our shelves very soon!

(Source: American Library Association)

J.R.R. Tolkien

One of the most popular authors of the 20th Century, J.R.R. Tolkien was born to English parents in 1892 in Bloemfontein in the Orange Free State. The family moved back to Britain at age 3. He studied at Oxford and eventually taught there as well. He would go to author some of the English language’s most read books, including The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion. For more on Tolkien, click here.

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Isaac Asimov

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Considered one of the giants of science fiction, Isaac Asimov was born on this day in 1920. His work and the work of other great sci-fi writers, film makers and game developers is celebrated on this day, unofficially International Science Fiction Day. (If you get the chance, visit the Sci-Fi Museum in Seattle!) For more on the life of Isaac Asimov, click here.