2013 Hugo Awards

August 24, 2013

The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.” The 2013 Hugo Awards will be presented at: LoneStarCon 3, San Antonio, Texas, August 29-September 2, 2013. A short list of some of the nominees is listed below along with links to their records in the Minuteman Library Network’s Online Catalog, the full list can be read at http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2013-hugo-awards/.

Best Novel (1113 nominating ballots cast)

Best Graphic Story (427 nominating ballots cast)

  • Grandville Bête Noire, written and illustrated by Bryan Talbot (Dark Horse Comics, Jonathan Cape)
  • Locke & Key Volume 5: Clockworks, written by Joe Hill, illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez (IDW)
  • Saga, Volume One, written by Brian K. Vaughn, illustrated by Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
  • Schlock Mercenary: Random Access Memorabilia, written and illustrated by Howard Tayler, colors by Travis Walton (Hypernode Media)
  • Saucer Country, Volume 1: Run, written by Paul Cornell, illustrated by Ryan Kelly, Jimmy Broxton and Goran Sudžuka (Vertigo)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form (787 nominating ballots cast)

  • The Avengers, Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)
  • The Cabin in the Woods, Screenplay by Drew Goddard & Joss Whedon; Directed by Drew Goddard (Mutant Enemy, Lionsgate)
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Screenplay by Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens, Peter Jackson and Guillermo del Toro, Directed by Peter Jackson (WingNut Films, New Line Cinema, MGM, Warner Bros)
  • The Hunger Games, Screenplay by Gary Ross & Suzanne Collins, Directed by Gary Ross (Lionsgate, Color Force)
  • Looper, Screenplay and Directed by Rian Johnson (FilmDistrict, EndGame Entertainment)


ALA 2013 Youth Media Award Winners

February 10, 2013

The American Library Association (ALA) announced its Youth Media Award Winners at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

A list of all the 2013 award winners follows along with links to their catalog records in the Minuteman Catalog:

John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature: The One and Only Ivan,” written by Katherine Applegate.

Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children: This Is Not My Hat,” illustrated and written by Jon Klassen.

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America,” written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award: I, Too, Am America,” illustrated by Bryan Collier, is the King Illustrator Book winner.

Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in literature written for young adults: In Darkness,” written by Nick Lake.

Schneider Family Book Award for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

Alex Awards for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences:

  • Caring is Creepy,” by David Zimmerman, published by Soho Press, Inc.
  • Girlchild,” by Tupelo Hassman, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • “Juvenile in Justice,” by Richard Ross, published by Richard Ross
  • Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” by Robin Sloan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
  • My Friend Dahmer,” by Derf Backderf, published by Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of Abrams
  • One Shot at Forever,” by Chris Ballard, published by Hyperion
  • Pure,” by Julianna Baggott, published by Grand Central Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.
  • The Round House,” by Louise Erdrich, published by Harper, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by Carol Rifka Brunt, published by Dial Press, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
  • Where’d You Go, Bernadette?,” by Maria Semple, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Mildred L. Batchelder Award for an outstanding children’s book originally published in a language other than English in a country other than the United States and subsequently translated into English for publication in the United States: My Family for the War” is the 2013 Batchelder Award winner. Originally published in Germany in 2007 as “Liverpool Street,” the book was written by Anne C. Voorhoeve, translated by Tammi Reichel and published by Dial Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

Odyssey Award for best audiobook produced for children and/or young adults, available in English in the United States: The Fault in Our Stars,” produced by Brilliance Audio, is the 2013 Odyssey Award winner. The book is written by John Green and narrated by Kate Rudd.

Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award honoring a Latino writer and illustrator whose children’s books best portray, affirm and celebrate the Latino cultural experience: Martín de Porres: The Rose in the Desert,” illustrated by David Diaz, is the Belpré Illustrator Award winner. The book was written by Gary D. Schmidt.

Pura Belpré (Author) Award: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, is the Belpré Author Award winner.

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award for most distinguished informational book for children: Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin, is the Sibert Award winner.

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience: “Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe,” written by Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for the most distinguished beginning reader book: “Up, Tall and High!” written and illustrated by Ethan Long.

William C. Morris Award for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens: “Seraphina,” written by Rachel Hartman.

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults: “Bomb: The Race to Build—and Steal—the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon,” written by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2013 Excellence winner.

Reader’s Advisory Lists for High School and College Students

June 5, 2012

There are some great reader’s advisory publications for high school and college students. Many of the publications cover a broad range of categories and offer thorough descriptions of the recommended titles. Links to some of the titles owned by the Newton Free Libary are below, many of them are located in the Reader’s Advisory section on the first floor near the main reference desk and on the second floor by the young adult reference desk.

Reading lists produced by high schools are also wonderful sources of reading suggestions for the young and old. Links to lists from public high schools in Massachusetts and some useful young adult reader’s advisory websites are located on the Newton Public High School webpage: http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/NSHS/Library/SummerReadingListsResource.htm.

Some suggested titles:

More Outstanding Books for the College Bound – by Young Adult Library Services Association, 2006 edition.

Outstanding Books for the College Bound: Titles and Programs for a New Generation – edited by Angela Carstensen, 2011 edition.

Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America: How White Whales, Green Lights, and Restless Spirits Forged our National Identity – by Thomas C. Foster, 2011.

500 Great Books for Teens  – by Anita Silvey, 2006 edition.

Annotated Book Lists for Every Teen Reader: The Best from the Experts at YALSA-BK – by Julie Bartel and Pam Spencer Holley for the Young Adult Library Services Association, 2011.

Young Adult Literature: From Romance to Realism – by Michael Cart, 2010.

Books for Young Adults

April 30, 2012

Every year the American Library Association names the Alex Awards, the 10 best books published in the previous year written for adults with a special appeal to readers ages 12-18.

“The 2012 Alex Awards will take readers from rural New Hampshire to the robot apocalypse to Katrina-ravaged Mississippi to a magical circus. The Alex Award winners are as diverse and eclectic as the teens who will read them,” said Karen Keys, chair of the 2012 Alex Awards Committee.”

2012 Winners:

Big Girl Small, by Rachel DeWoskin, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

In Zanesville, by Jo Ann Beard, published by Little, Brown & Company

 The Lover’s Dictionary, by David Levithan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (ISBN: 9780374193683)

The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens, by Brooke Hauser, published by Free Press

The Night Circus, by Erin Morgenstern, published by Doubleday

Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline, published by Crown Publishers

Robopocalypse: A Novel, by Daniel H. Wilson, published by Doubleday

Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward, published by Bloomsbury USA

The Scrapbook of Frankie Pratt: A Novel in Pictures, by Caroline Preston, published by Ecco

The Talk-Funny Girl, by Roland Merullo, published by Crown Publishers

2012 Notable Children’s Books

April 29, 2012

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2012 list of Notable Children’s Books in March. The list is divided into four categories: younger readers, middle readers, older readers, and all ages. The books are judged to be of “special interest, quality, creativity and value to children 14 years of age and younger.” A selection of the titles are listed below along with links to the Minuteman Library Network with a full annotated list of the selected books is located on ALA’s website.


All the Water in the World. By George Ella Lyon, Illus. by Katherine Tillotson, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

A Ball for Daisy. By Chris Raschka, Illus. by the author, Schwartz & Wade Books.

See Me Run. By Paul Meisel, Illus. by the author. Holiday House.

Tales for Very Picky Eaters. By Josh Schneider, Illus. by the author, Clarion Books.

Me…Jane. By Patrick McDonnell, Illus. by the author. Little, Brown.


Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade. By Melissa Sweet, Illus. by the author. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.

Breaking Stalin’s Nose. By Eugene Yelchin, Illus. by the author, Henry Holt.

The Great Migration: Journey to the North. By Eloise Greenfield, Illus. by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. HarperCollins Children’s Books/Amistad.

Inside Out and Back Again. By Thanhha Lai. HarperCollins.

The Lily Pond. By Annika Thor. Trans. by Linda Schenck. Delacorte Press.

Soldier Bear. By Bibi Dumon Tak, Illus. by Philip Hopman. Trans. by Laura Watkinson. Eerdmans Books for Young Readers.

Underground. By Shane Evans, Illus. by Shane Evans. Roaring Brook Press.


Between Shades of Gray. By Ruta Sepetys. Philomel Books.

Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition. By Karen Blumenthal. Roaring Brook Press.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck. By Margarita Engle. Henry Holt.

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein. By Susan Goldman Rubin. Charlesbridge.

The Scorpio Races. By Maggie Stiefvater. Scholastic Press.

Witches! The Absolutely True Tale of Disaster in Salem. By Rosalyn Schanzer, Illus. by the author. National Geographic Society.

All Ages

Can We Save the Tiger?, By Martin Jenkins, Illus. by Vicky White. Candlewick Press.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans. By Kadir Nelson, Illus. by the author. Balzer + Bray.

Never Forgotten. By Patricia McKissack, Illus. by Leo and Diane Dillon. Schwartz & Wade Books.

Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in Nature. By Joyce Sidman, Illus. by Beth Krommes. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

YALSA’s 2011 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

December 6, 2011

The Young Adult Library Services for Young Adults has created a top 10 list of Fiction published in 2011 from their full list of the Best Fiction for Young Adults list.

Bacigalupi, Paolo. Ship Breaker

Donnelly, Jennifer. Revolution

Marchetta, Melina. Finnikin of the Rock

Matson, Morgan. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour

McBride, Lish. Hold Me Closer, Necromancer

Mulligan, Andy. Trash

Perkins, Mitali.  Bamboo People

Reinhardt, Dana. The Things a Brother Knows

Saenz, Benjamin. Last Night I Sang to the Monster

Sedgwick, Marcus.  Revolver

Boys Read: a web site for boy’s literacy

June 13, 2009

A web site based in Seattle, WA. that supports boy’s reading.  It has lots of suggested readings and lots of resources to help develop boy’s literacy.