Daily Archives: January 1, 2010

readergirlz January 2010: E. Lockhart

What better way to bring in 2010 than by hanging out with one of the smartest writers for teens in the business? I am super excited to cheer for E. Lockhart, featured author for January at readergirlz! The theme this month is Risk-Taking, and the book that we will be discussing throughout the month is her much-praised novel, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, which is bound to initiate some interesting conversation, I should think.

If you haven’t met Frankie, you need to do that, straight away. Start off by reading my review.

Now look at all the awards this book has claimed: Finalist for the 2008 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Printz Honor, American Library Association, Cybils Award for best young adult novel, Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year list, Richie’s Picks Best of 2008 List, Tayshas List, 2009, NY Times Notable Children’s Book list, 2008, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, 2008, Library Journal’s list of Seattle Public Library’s Fiction Favorites of 2008, Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best List, Washington Post Best Kids Books of the Year, Booklist Editors’ Choice, Morning News Tournament of Books, 2009, SLJ Tournament of Kids Books, Rhode Island Teen Book Awards Finalist, YALSA Top Teen Pick for 2009.

But that isn’t why you should read it. You should read it because it is hilarious. And smart. And Frankie is so clever. She is a girl to inspire you to do things in 2010, that’s for sure.

For answers to many FAQs about E. Lockhart, click here. (You’ll learn that E. stands for Emily, and Emily’s career of choice if she wasn’t a classy, talented writer would be: baker. You’ll learn lots more too). You might also wish to read Emily’s 2008 interview with the YA YA YAs, where she answers some questions about Frankie.

Now, just for fun (and as further proof of the kind of zany/funny gal E. Lockhart is), take this quiz she wrote: What Teen Angst Novel are You? (I am Catcher in the Rye – who knew?)

Join E. Lockhart all month long at the readergirlz blog, and then chat with her live on January 20th at 6pm PST, 9pm EST.

Cybils 2009 Finalists Announced!

January 1st is worth celebrating because it is the start of a brand new year (with no mistakes in it!) and also because it is the day when the finalists for the 2009 Cybils Awards are announced. Hooray!

You can find the lists of all of the finalists at the Cybils blog.

As one of the Middle Grade Judges, I am naturally just a teensy bit more focused on the Middle Grade list. So here it is:

All the Broken Pieces – Ann Burg

Anything but Typical - by Nora Raleigh Baskin

Captain Nobody – by Dean Pitchford

Chains - by Laurie Halse Anderson

Heart of a Shepherd – by Rosanne Parry

Operation Yes - by Sara Lewis Holmes

The Small Adventures of Popeye and Elvis - by Barbara O’Connor

The winning title in each category will be announced on February 14th, 2010. Time to read!

(Celebratory fireworks courtesy of stock.xchng).