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Wednesday, February 23, 2011 8:13 am
L.A. Times Book Prizes – YA Lit
Posted by: Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan

bookprizeslogoCindy: As Courtney Jones reported over at the Likely Stories Booklist Blog earlier today, the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes shortlists were announced today, including the adult novel category judged by Booklist’s own Donna Seaman. As one of the judges for the YA Lit jury, I’ve been chewing my fingernails waiting for our list to be made public.  Here are the five 2010 titles that we selected for our shortlist with links to Bookends’ earlier blog posts about them during the year:

Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science by Marc Aronson & Marina Budhos (Clarion)

Wicked Girls: A Novel of the Salem Witch Trials by Stephanie Hemphill (HarperCollins)

The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud (Disney/Hyperion)

A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (HarperCollins/Greenwillow)

The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey (Simon & Schuster)

It is very hard to distill the year’s best teen literature down to just five titles, but I’m very pleased with our shortlist and offer my congratulations to these talented authors and their editors and publishers.  Now I have to keep secret for another couple of months what our winning title is!!!! The announcements of all of the winners will be made in Los Angeles on April 29th. A full list of all of the 2010 L.A. Times Book Prizes Finalists is available here.

And, in other excellent news, from the LA Times’ Press Release:

Beverly Cleary is the recipient of the annual Robert Kirsch Award for lifetime achievement and the first children’s author to win the award in its 31-year history. Cleary was born in McMinnville, Oregon, in 1916. Her early love of literature blossomed into a writing career with the publication of her first book, “Henry Huggins.” She has written more than 30 books, including “The Mouse and the Motorcycle,” “Beezus and Ramona,” “Henry and Ribsy,” and the Newbery-winning “Dear Mr. Henshaw,” as well as the memoirs “A Girl from Yamhill” and “My Own Two Feet.” Cleary’s most famous character, Ramona Quimby, is the face of the Drop Everything and Read Program (D.E.A.R.), a national literacy effort meant to encourage independent reading and foster reading at home.

Lynn: Congratulations to the committee on a great job! I’m very excited about the shortlist and so eager to learn the winner.  I will keep wheedling but Cindy is extremely good at keeping a secret.  Sigh.  Any guesses out there?

7 Responses to “L.A. Times Book Prizes – YA Lit”
  1. Scope Notes Says:

    I’m guessing A Conspiracy of Kings and look forward to the winner announcement.

  2. Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan Says:


    I agree with you! That is my guess too. Cindy is being waaay too discreet though and I haven’t even gotten a flicker of a response.

  3. Jonathan Hunt Says:

    These are awesome choices! I have my favorite, of course, but I could be happy with any of them as the winner.

  4. Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan Says:

    Don’t be coy, Jonathan, it doesn’t suit you…your favorite would be????–Cindy

  5. Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan Says:

    And Lynn, give it up. You have to wait until April 29th like the rest of the world.–Cindy

  6. Jonathan Hunt Says:

    I would lean toward A CONSPIRACY OF KINGS, but only by a hair over SUGAR CHANGED THE WORLD and THE RING OF SOLOMON. I like the other two, however, and could easily see the judges coming to consensus on any of the books. I have a hunch that it might be WICKED GIRLS, but I dunno . . .

  7. David Macinnis Gill Says:

    I’m late to this post, but I’m agreeing with Jonathan about KINGS. It’s a work of art.

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