Golden Kite Awards

The 2009 Golden Kite Awards were announced today.

The winners are:

Fiction: Down Sand Mountain by Steve Watkins

Nonfiction: A Life in the Wild: George Schaller’s Struggle to Save the Last Great Beasts by Pamela S. Turner

Picture Book Text: A Visitor for Bear by Bonny Becker, illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

Picture Book Illustration: Last Night by Hyewon Yum


And the honor books:

Fiction: The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Nonfiction: The Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes by Ellen Jackson, illustrated by Nic Bishop

Picture Book Text: Before John Was a Jazz Giant by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Sean Qualis

Picture Book Illustration: I Love My New Toy by Mo Willems

Nebula and Norton Awards

The Nebula and Norton 2008 ballots have been finalized

Strangely, Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is listed in the novel category instead of the teen Norton section.  Ack!  So is Powers by Ursula Le Guin!  And neither of them are in the Norton category at all.

Ignoring that inconsistency, on to the great list for the Andre Norton award for Science Fiction and Fantasy written for teens:

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Lamplighter by D. M. Cornish

Savvy by Ingrid Law

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson

Flora’s Dare by Ysabeau S. Wilce


Where is Hunger Games?!  Well, at least it won a Cybil.  😉

LA Times Book Prize Finalists

The 2008 Book Prize Finalists have been announced.  Here are the finalists in Young Adult Literature:


Candace Fleming for The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary

Neil Gaiman for The Graveyard Book

Oscar Hijuelos for Dark Dude

Nate Powell for Swallow Me Whole

Terry Pratchett for Nation

Dark Dude and Swallow Me Whole were not even on my radar from last year!  I love surprises mixed in with the expected this way.

No links and pictures because WorldCat is being horrid right now.