Looking for a good read? The American Library Association announced their award-winning books on Monday including the Michael L. Printz Award for the most excellent book for teens written the previous year. The 2009 winner is Jellico Road.
Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta
Abandoned by her drug-addicted mother at the age of eleven, high school student Taylor Markham struggles with her identity and family history at a boarding school in Australia.
They also named 4 Honor books – they’re kind of like runner up and make for some great reading. Check them out below.
The kingdom on the waves (Astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation Volume 2) by M. T. Anderson
Octavian, a young African-American, is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years prior to and during the American Revolution.
The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Frankie Landau-Banks attempts to take over a secret, all-male society at her exclusive prep school, and her antics with the group soon draw some unlikely attention and have unexpected consequences that could change her life forever.
Nation by Terry Pratchett
A tsunami destroys everything leaving Mau, an island boy, Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, and a small group of refugees responsible for rebuilding their village and their lives.
Tender morsels by Margo Lanagan
A young woman who has endured unspeakable cruelties is magically granted a safe haven apart from the real world and allowed to raise her two daughters in this alternate reality, until the barrier between her world and the real one begins to break down.
I haven’t read any yet. I have Jellico Road and The disreputable history of Frankie Landau-Banks checked out right now. I’ll let you know what I think when I finish.