The American Booksellers Association recently announced the finalists for the 2010 Indies Choice Book Awards. Booksellers at ABA stores are casting their ballots in eight categories, including two categories that include some familiar young adult authors and titles. Winners will be announced in April.
Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Going Bovine, by Libba Bray (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)
If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (Dutton Juvenile)
Leviathan, by Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (illus.) (Simon Pulse)
Shiver, by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic)
Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson (Viking Juvenile)
Most Engaging Author
(The author who is an in-store star as well as having a strong sense of the importance of indie booksellers to the community.)
- Isabel Allende
- Laurie Halse Anderson
- Libba Bray
- Michael Chabon
- Kate DiCamillo
- Abraham Verghese
I haven't been able to read any YA books in the past month because I've been judging the RITA contest. I finally finished my judging on Sunday, one day before the scores were due. I had some large books to read, but they were enjoyable. Good luck to anyone who entered the contest! Finalists will be announced (including in the YA category, in which I'm entered) later this month.
Last night, I was able to start reading a YA, Incarceron by Catherine Fisher. Look for my review of it next month. It's got an interesting concept, dark but different.
In addition to the many, many YA books I already have to read, I'm looking forward to some titles coming out in the next few months or that released recently. Here are a few looks at my anticipating list.
Shadow of the Moon by Rachel Hawthorne, the fourth in her werewolf series (Releases March 23)
Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins, a witch book -- I like books with witches as characters. (Released March 2)
The Iron King by Julie Kagawa, a faery book -- I bought this one last Friday and love the look of it. (Released Feb. 1)
Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey, a modern-day retelling of the classic tale. And if Fantaskey is the author's real last name, what a fantastic YA author name! (Releases May 3)
Linger by Maggie Stiefvater, the follow-up to Shiver, which I really enjoyed (Releases July 20)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins, the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy -- I love this series and can't wait to see how it ends. Well, I guess I will have to wait until August, huh? (Releases Aug. 24)
What upcoming YA releases are you eagerly anticipating?