I’ve made progress on all of my reading challenges. I did finish my last book for the Morris Award Challenge on time. That meant that when the Youth Media Awards were announced on Monday, I had read all of the books on the short list for two of the awards. Because of that, I felt much more invested in seeing which books won.
The Morris Award is for the best book by a debut YA author in the previous year. This year’s winner was Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. If you’ve seen anything I’ve written about this book, or heard me talking, you know that I absolutely loved it. There are not many books I actually buy these days, but I suspect this will be one. So I was really excited to see that the Morris Award committee agreed with me. It’s an intricate, complex story with lots of layers. I can’t wait to read the next installment!
The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth
Since I completed this book so close to the end of the challenge, I never mentioned my reaction to it. On the surface, the fact that it took me two weeks to finish it would make it seem that I didn’t like it as much. That’s not the case at all. It is an excellent book. But while there are moments of humor, it is a serious book about a serious theme. I am much less likely to get swept away by realistic fiction. Sometimes I’m just not in the right mood to properly appreciate a book like this. Rather than force myself through this book when I knew I wasn’t going to give it a fair reading, and since I had some time to spare, I set it aside for a bit. I’m glad I did. The book is good enough to merit the extra effort. It wasn’t my favorite of the Morris Award short list titles, but I am glad I read it.
The Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults
The title of this award is pretty self-explanatory. Again, the winner was my favorite of the books on the short list, Bomb: The Race to Build – And Steal – The World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. Sheinkin won this award last year for The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, and Treachery. While that book was excellent, Bomb is even better. I’m not alone in that opinion. It won the Sibert Medal for excellence in children’s nonfiction and was a Newbery Honor winner, making it one of the most honored books of the year. The Newbery Award is for excellence in children’s literature and includes both fiction and nonfiction. That this book was an Honor Book is testament to the quality of Sheinkin’s story telling.
I am continuing my progress on the Notable Books for Children discussion list and will post an update soon. Plus, The Hub’s 2013 Reading Challenge will be starting on Sunday. (Hurray! I don’t have to wait until April to start reading those wonderful books!) So many wonderful books to read, so little time. (Yes, I know that’s a bit of a cliche, but it is soooooo true!)