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Tag: Awards

The Shadow Hero: Forthcoming From Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew

by Dan
Graphica + YA Fiction / October 16, 2013

Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang

Earlier this week Cory Doctorow revealed the cover for Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew's forthcoming graphic novel The Shadow Hero (available June 2014) on popular website Boing Boing. Cory's post also included this fantastic video of author Gene Luen Yang explaining the genesis of The Shadow Hero, and the Golden Age inspiration for the book: 

In other news, it has just been announced that Gene Luen Yang's latest work, the incredible two volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints, is a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.  
Established in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize organized by the National Book Foundation. The winners of this year's awards will be announced on November 20th, 2013. 
Congratulations, Gene! 

YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults

by Siobhan
February 03, 2012

Last week, I blogged about all the amazing books that were highlighted by ALA, YALSA and ALSC. Guess what? There's more! Yes, more great books, more "best of" lists.

YALSA announced it's picks for the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults: "books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens".

There are quite a few books on the list that we're pleased to stock in our own warehouse:

EnclaveEnclave, by Ann Aguirre, published by Feiwel & Friends. (Also available in Audio; paperback coming in August 2012.)

Freak Hunters Deuce and Fade are exiled from their underground enclave, and face even greater dangers above ground.



Anna Dressed in BloodAnna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake, published by Thomas Doherty Associates / Tor Teen. (Paperback coming in July 2012.)

Moving from town-to-town, Cas slays murderous ghosts, seeking revenge for the death of his father. Along the way, he meets Anna’s ghost, and discovers new insights into the complexities of ghosts.

Ruby RedRuby Red, by Kerstin Gier, published by Henry Holt & Company. (Paperback coming in April 2012.)

Gwenyth upsets her family when she inherits the time traveling gene instead of her cousin, Charlotte. Soon Gwenyth finds herself unexpectedly involved in mysterious, dangerous, and intriguing circumstances.


Stupid FastStupid Fast, by Geoff Herback, published by Sourcebooks / Sourcebooks Fire. (Also keep an eye out for Geoff Herback's Nothing Special, coming out in May 2012!)

As football recruitment brings new friends, Felton tries to keep his mother’s depression, and his own insecurities, hidden.


PrizedPrized, by Caragh O'Brien, published by Roaring Brook Press.

The leadership in Sylum is threatened by Gaia and attempts to control her by systematically separating her from everyone she loves, including her infant sister and boyfriend Leon.



StickStick, by Andrew Smith, published by Feiwel and Friends.

Stick and his brother Bosten must lean on each other to survive their abusive family, until Bosten is kicked out and must survive on his own.



The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own MakingThe Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, by Catherynne M. Valente, published by Feiwel & Friends. (Paperback coming in April 2012.)

September is excited, puzzled, confused and thrilled on her quest through Fairyland.


Miles from OrdinaryMiles from Ordinary, by Carol Lynch Williams, published by St. Martin's Press / St. Martin's Griffin. (Paperback coming in March 2012.)

When her troubled mother disappears, an isolated Lacey frantically searches for her, while facing the terrors of her mother’s delusions.


See the complete list of YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults.

2012 ALA, YALSA, ALSC Award Winners & Picks

by Siobhan
Kids + Picture Books + YA Fiction / January 27, 2012

The American Library Association (ALA) has announced their annual picks for the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Dallas.

We're proud to have some of these award-winning titles on our list! Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees. There's a wealth of amazing books for children's and youth out there now.

Breaking Stalin's NoseNewbery Honor Book
Breaking Stalin's Nose
, written and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, and published by Henry Holt and Company.

See all Newberry winners.
Find other books by Eugene Yelchin.



Grandpa GreenCaldecott Honor Books
Grandpa Green
, illustrated and written by Lane Smith, and published by Roaring Brook Press.

See all Caldecott winners.
Find other books by Lane Smith.



UndergroundCoretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award
Shane W. Evans, illustrator and author of Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom, is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book is a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press.

See all Coretta Scott King winners.
Find other books by Shane W. Evans.


The Lover's DictionaryAlex Award for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences
The Lover’s Dictionary
, by David Levithan, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. (Paperback coming from Picador in January 2012.)

See all Alex Award winners.


The Notorious Benedict Arnold BootlegYALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults honors the best nonfiction book published for young adults, ages 12 – 18, each year. The 2012 Excellence winner is by The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery, by Steve Sheinkin, published by Roaring Brook Press. One of the Finalists is Bootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal, published by Roaring Brook Press.

See all YALSA Award winners.
Find other books by Steve Sheinkin.
Find other books by Karen Blumenthal.
Her new book, Steve Jobs, the Man Who Thought Different, is coming out in February 2012.

EnclaveYALSA also published its annual list of Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. Enclave, by Aguirre, Ann, published by Feiwel and Friends was on the Top Ten list.

On the full list of Quick Picks, we were pleased to see several titles that we carry:


F in ExamsBooF in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers, by Richard Benson, published by Chronicle Books.

Boo: The Life of the World’s Cutest Dog, by J.H. Lee, published by Chronicle Books.

Anna Dressed in Blood

Dead Inside Do Not EnterAnna Dressed in Blood, by Kendare Blake, published by Tom Doherty Associates/Tor Teen.

Dead Inside Do Not Enter: Notes from the Zombie Apocalypse, by Lost Zombies, published by Chronicle Books.


Death SentenceFall for AnythingDeath Sentence: Escape From Furnace #3, by Alexander Gordon Smith, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Paperback from Square Fish coming February 2012.

Fall For Anything, by Courtney Summers, published by St. Martin's Griffin.

See all 2012 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers.

And last but not least, the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released its list of 2012 Notable Children's Books:


Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Grandpa GreenGoodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld, published by Chronicle Books.

Grandpa Green, by Lane Smith, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Over and Under the SnowPrudence Wants a PetOver and Under the Snow, by Kate Messner, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal, published by Chronicle Books.

Prudence Wants a Pet, by Cathleen Daly, Illus. by Stephen Michael King. Roaring Brook Press, $16.99. (9781596434684).


America is Under AttackBreaking Stalin's NoseAmerica Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001 The Day the Towers Fell, by Don Brown, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Breaking Stalin's Nose, by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt and Company.


E-mergency!LemonadeE-mergency!, by Tom Lichtenheld, illustrated by Ezra Fields-Meyer, published by Chronicle Books.

Lemonade, and Other Poems Squeezed from a Single Word, by Bob Raczka, illustrated by Nancy Doniger, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Nursery Rhyme ComicsUndergroundNursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists, published by First Second.

Underground, by Shane Evans, published by Roaring Brook Press.


Won TonZita the SpacegirlWon Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku, by Lee Wardlaw, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin, published by Henry Holt.

Zita the Spacegirl, by Ben Hatke, illustrated by Ben Hatke, published by First Second.




Anya's GhostBlizzard of GlassAnya's Ghost, by Vera Brosgol, published by First Second.

Blizzard of Glass: The Halifax Explosion of 1917, by Sally M. Walker, published by Henry Holt.



BootlegHurricane DancersBootleg: Murder, Moonshine, and the Lawless Years of Prohibition, by Karen Blumenthal, published by Roaring Brook Press.

Hurricane Dancers: The First Caribbean Pirate Shipwreck, by Margarita Engle, published by Henry Holt.


All Ages

Press HerePress Here, by Hervé Tullet, published by Chronicle Books.


See all ALSC 2012 Notable Children's Books.



So many great books to add to your "To Read" pile!


UPDATE: Also check out the YALSA 2012 Best Fiction for Young Adults!

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes wins Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award

by Siobhan
October 26, 2011

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Make no mistake about it... we are thrilled to announce that The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes has been awarded an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award!

Congratulations to authors Mark Pett and Gary Rubinstein, and the whole team at Sourcebooks. When the book was first presented to us, it was praised as an in-house favourite at Sourcebooks (possibly due in part to the protagonist's resemblance to a certain perfectionist Sourcebooks rep!), and it's great to be seeing the book being so well-loved now that it's out there in the world.

The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Book Award is an independent consumer review of children's media founded by child development experts Joanne Oppenheim and her daughter Stephanie Oppenheim. Their Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards have become a benchmark of excellence with consumers, toy makers, and the media. In order to receive an Oppenheim award, the book must be selected by a noted expert in child development, children's literature, and education, and further tested by the most objective panel of judges—kids.

The Platinum Award is given to the most innovative, engaging products of the year. This is the highest honor the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio awards!

For more information about the award and to see the full review of this book, visit the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio website.

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes

Big Ups for Chicken Big!

by Siobhan
Kids + Picture Books / April 08, 2011

This week the American Booksellers Association announced the winners of the 2011 Indies Choice Book Awards and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards, as chosen by booksellers across the country.

We're really excited to see Chicken Big by Keith Graves on the list, winning an E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Honor Award!

Check out the full list of award-winning books on Bookselling This Week.

Here's what people have been squawking, sorry, saying, about Chicken Big...

"This will be a winner for reading aloud - prepare your best chicken sounds." —The Chicago Tribune

"Really, just try not to laugh at the BIG chicken's facial expressions as the story progresses from one crazy fun idea to another." —Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers Blog

"Young children will delight in this zany rendition, in which humorous dialogue is enhanced by the opportunity for adult readers to add a chorus of chicken squawks. Pencil line drawings with muted colors make an exception for the bright yellow main character who makes a bold statement throughout the tale. Like all fables, Chicken Big is at its best when the moral emerges. Regardless of our appearance, we all long to be accepted, and readers will be touched that Chicken Big finds a flock of friends willing to make room for him in the coop." —BookPage


Have a look for yourself; here's a preview of  Chicken Big:


by Siobhan
Kids + News / February 09, 2011

Congratulations to Owlkids author Elin Kelsey and illustrator Clayton Hanmer! Their book, Not Your Typical Book about the Environment has been chosen as the winner of this year’s Newton Marasco Foundation Green Earth Book Award!

The award recognizes authors and illustrators whose books inspire young readers to appreciate and care for the environment. "Taking time to read to our kids is time well spent. The 2011 award winning books will open the minds and hearts of children and young adults about the beauty of nature and I hope will help them to embrace the ideas of stewardship,” said NMF President Amy Marasco Newton.

You can read more about the award and see the full list of winning and honor books here.

Harry Potter and the Teen Read Awards!

by Dan
Harry Potter + Kids / June 21, 2010

teens read awards

Indigo announced their first annual Teen Read Awards today, and J.K. Rowling is nominated for TWO awards!  

Harry Potter Teen Read Awards

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has been nominated for 'Best All-Time Fave', while Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been nominated for 'Best Book to Flick'. 

You can cast your vote and win cool prizes at the Teen Read Awards website, and get the latest news on the awards on Twitter and on the Chapters-Indigo Facebook Fan Page

Harry Potter Teen Read Awards

Let it snow!

by Siobhan
January 25, 2010

With less than three weeks until the Olympics, out here in Vancouver we're wishing for snow...

Saskatchewan was just blanketed in the white stuff, but here on the coast, the hills are still looking barren... some cherry blossoms have even started blooming! There was some snowfall up at Cypress mountain over the weekend, but according to Environment Canada, it's not going to last, as temperatures rise and the snow turns into rain.

Talking about the weather is a typically Canadian trait ("Cold enough for ya?") - and we especially love talking about snow...

If you're curious about the science of the white stuff, have a look at The Story of Snow: The Science of Winter’s Wonder by Mark Cassino, with Jon Nelson, Ph.D.

The book has received lots of recognition and praise from parents, teachers and librarians:

"With never a hint of hyperbole, the authors communicate such a contagious sense of wonder that few readers will be able to resist following the final pages’ simple directions for constructing a handheld snowflake observation stage and rushing outside at the first sign of snow in hopes of taking a closer look at one of nature’s most beautiful and ubiquitous phenomena." - Booklist, Starred Review

"Libraries in areas where snow falls will definitely want to add this title to their collections, but it would enhance lessons on weather anywhere." - School Library Journal

"Nature photographer Cassino's galley of snow crystals is the sort of riveting exhibition that will have eyes locked to the pages, mesmerized by the intricate forms themselves and the 'How did he do that?' wonder at Cassino's technique of capturing images of these ephemeral delicacies." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred Review

You can read part of the book online:

The Story of Snow

Also be sure to visit The Science of Snow website - StoryOfSnow.com - and download a Teacher's Guide (PDF) for the book, which includes lesson plans for Science classes, as well as Language Arts, Music and Art.

But even after you've learned the science of snow, I'd still recommend keeping your fingers crossed for some snow to fall before the Olympics!