This morning the American Library Association announced the top 2013 books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults.
Teen librarians focus on the Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults. After the awards are announced each year there are standard responses of joy, surprise, member committee cheerleading and puzzlement both on the listservs and Twitter by teen librarians. Most sounds of joy in the social media today tend to center on the Printz Honor winner Rowell. I along with a mass of teen librarians and teens loved Eleanor & Park.
The 2014 Printz winner is Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick, a British writer who spent sixteen years in the publishing field is a well established Young Adult Writer. He also won a Printz Honor award in 2011 for Revolver. Positively reviewed in library journals and many teen librarian blogs, Midwinterblood is structured as seven short stories that form a puzzle of part love story, mystery and horror. The Printz committee favors good writing, multi-layered structure, and complexity. Midwinterblood demands reading with effort.