Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

Cindy: The Los Angeles Times Book Prizes short lists were announced today–check out that link for news on all of the categories. Bookends’ own Lynn Rutan served as the chair of the Young Adult Literature jury along with Jonathan Hunt and Rollie Welch. The five books on their short list are:

Young Adult Literature

We won’t know which book is the winner until the night of the awards, on Friday, April 11, 2014, but it’s a great short list to ponder. Congratulations to each of the authors, and to Lynn and her committee.

One more thing…Nerdfighters, are you ready for this?!? John Green is the recipient of the 2013 Innovator’s Award and will also be speaking at the Award ceremony…and I assume at the festival on the weekend. Here’s what the LAT website says about this award:
The recipient of the 2013 Innovator’s Award, which spotlights cutting-edge business models, technology or applications of narrative art, is young adult writer and activist John Green. Green’s best-selling novels have garnered numerous awards and he has been at the forefront of experimenting with social media and technology, expanding how people in and out of the literary world use these mediums to inspire and teach others.
Congratulations, John. DFTBA!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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