2013 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards Short List

The New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards short lists have been announced.  Here are the ones that pertain to teens and children:

ETHEL TURNER PRIZE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE’S LITERATURE

A Corner of White (The Colours of Madeleine #1) The Ink Bridge Into That Forest

A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty

The Ink Bridge by Neil Grant

Into that Forest by Louis Nowra

Sea Hearts Three summers  Unforgotten

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan (The Brides of Rollrock Island in the US)

Three Summers by Judith Clarke

Unforgotten by Tohby Riddle

 

PATRICIA WRIGHTSON PRIZE FOR CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

A Bear and a Tree Blood Brothers (Dragonkeeper #4) The Outcasts (Brotherband Chronicles, #1)

A Bear and a Tree by Stephen Michael King

Blood Brothers by Carole Wilkinson

Brotherband 1: The Outcasts by John Flanagan

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon Pookie Aleera is not my Boyfriend The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk

The Ghost of Miss Annabel Spoon by Aaron Blabey

Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend by Steven Herrick

The Tender Moments of Saffron Silk by Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King

2012 Top Ten Most Frequently Challenged Books

The American Library Association in their State of American Libraries report for 2013, listed the Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books.  These numbers from from 464 recorded challenges to books that year:

The Adventures of Captain Underpants (Captain Underpants, #1) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Thirteen Reasons Why

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (offensive language, unsuited for age group)

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie (offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

Thirteen Reasons Why,” by Jay Asher (drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group)

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1) And Tango Makes Three

Fifty Shades of Grey,” by E. L. James (offensive language, sexually explicit)

And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell (homosexuality, unsuited for age group)

The Kite Runner Looking for Alaska Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark (Scary Stories #1)

The Kite Runner,” by Khaled Hosseini (homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit)

Looking for Alaska,” by John Green (offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group)

Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz (unsuited for age group, violence)

The Glass Castle Beloved

The Glass Castle,” by Jeannette Walls (offensive language, sexually explicit)

Beloved,” by Toni Morrison (sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence)