The 2013 Printz award winners and honorees will be announced this month! On January 28th, all of the Youth Media Awards will be announced! I'm going to do my best to cover a few more books before then and then talk about my predictions and thoughts right before the announcements.
All Unquiet Things, which y'all obviously love, because it's constantly checked out. So when I got an opportunity to read an early copy of her new one, The Opposite of Hallelujah, I jumped at it. It's about Caro. Caro's much older sister Hannah left home years and years ago. Caro barely remembers her and she feels a lot like an only child--and she's fine with that. But all of a sudden, Hannah is returning and Caro's world is turned upside down. Guys, I loved All Unquiet Things, but this book is a completely different story. It is quiet and personal and lovely. Hannah has been living in a convent, which is mystifying to Caro, and Hannah won't talk about what sent her there or why she came back. Caro is so confused by this behavior that she begins to tell lies about her sister, and she gets caught in them. But this book isn't about the lies, or about the convent, or even about the hot transfer student that Caro suddenly notices. It's about family and grief and truth and art and faith and science and relationships. It's about God. It's about how events affect people. Caro's relationships with her parents, with Hannah, with Pawal, and with her priest are integral to this story, and as she grapples with understanding all of these things and these people in her life, she starts to understand herself and her sister a little better. I loved this one and I'm planning to reread it soon. It didn't get as much recnognition (or starred reviews) as some of the other "big" titles and it's a bit of a dark horse for the Printz, but I certainly think the committee will be taking a look. Check it out here.
here to request it.
“I love you Althea—you are so beautiful,” murmured the young man in my ear.
Well, I was willing enough. I looked up at him from under my eyelashes. “I love you too,” I confessed. I averted my gaze and added privately, “You are so rich.”
Unfortunately, I apparently said this out loud, if just barely, and his hearing was sharper than one would expect, given his other attributes.
That's hilarious! Althea is resourceful, smart, and has a sense of humor that you'll love. Check this one out here.
Join me next week where I talk about just a few more Printz-worthy titles!