how i live now, the 2005 winner, Kit's Wilderness, the 2001 winner, and Postcards from No Man's Land, the 2003 winner, were written by British authors. A couple of international Honor books include Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging (UK), Skellig (UK), and Nothing (Denmark).
Jellicoe Road won the Printz in 2009 (and if you haven't read that one, I beseech you to. It's in my top two favorite books OF ALL TIME). There have been seven additional Australian authors that have received Printz Honors (and one from New Zealand---hi, Elizabeth Knox! Only Kiwi on the list--represent!). Two of these authors have received multiple Printz Honors. But this isn't surprising. Australian YA is AMAZING and over here at the Pearl Library, I do my very best to collect as much of it as I can. There are still some fantastic authors that haven't been published in the US (like Shirley Marr and Kirsty Eagar), but the ones that have American distributors here are on my shelves!
This year, there are three serious Printz contenders that have been imported from Australia.
last post for information about starred reviews!) The language is beautiful, the characters are flawed and relatable, and you can't look away. Is it Printz-worthy? Honestly, I don't know, but with Lanagan's history of awards, you better believe the Printz committee will be reading and rereading it. To check it out yourself, click here.
Graffiti Moon may not have received any starred reviews, but I say forget about that because it's wonderful. Lucy has just year 12 and before her life changes forever, she just wants to find Shadow. Shadow is a graffiti artist that only works at night, and Lucy's artistic soul adores his work. The entire book takes place in one night as Lucy tries to locate the elusive Shadow, with the help of Ed, the last guy she wants to deal with. But Ed says he knows how to find Shadow, so they spend an all-night search going from place to place and finding out more and more about Shadow. But as the search progresses, Lucy finds out more about herself, her friends, and even Ed. This book is just so lovely. Cath Crowley captures the voices, the insecurities, the inner lives of her characters so well. We have another one of her books, A Little Wanting Song (Aussie title: Chasing Charlie Duskin), and that one...man, it just changed the way I look at my own self. This lady's got chops. Y'all, even if this book doesn't get a Printz nod, it deserves a read. Request it here.
Finnikin, then read Froi. You know I'll have the last book on our shelves as soon as Candlewick publishes it in March.
I know this one has been a long one, but I'm utterly fascinated by the way that YA is written and received in other countries. Pick up one of these Aussie books! You'll be so glad you did.