The 2019 National Book Award: Young People’s Literature

2010_nba_winnerEstablished in 1950, the National Book Award is an American literary prize administered by the National Book Foundation, a nonprofit organization. A pantheon of such writers as William Faulkner, Marianne Moore, Ralph Ellison, John Cheever, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Robert Lowell, Walker Percy, John Updike, Katherine Anne Porter, Norman Mailer, Lillian Hellman, Elizabeth Bishop, Saul Bellow, Donald Barthelme, Flannery O’Connor, Adrienne Rich, Thomas Pynchon, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Alice Walker, Charles Johnson, E. Annie Proulx, and Colum McCann have all won the Award.

 

2019 Winner:
1919: The Year That Changed America by Martin W. Sandler

2019 Finalists:
Pet by Akwaeke Emezi
Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks by Jason Reynolds
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

2019 Long List:
The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson
A Place to Belong by Cynthia Kadohata
Out of Salem by Hal Schrieve
Kiss Number 8 by Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw

 

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

Songs from the Deep by Kelly Powell
Moira has always been fascinated by the deadly sirens who lurk along the shores of her island town. Even though their haunting songs can lure anyone to a swift and watery grave, she gets as close to them as she can, playing her violin on the edge of the enchanted sea. When a young boy is found dead on the beach, the islanders assume that he’s one of the sirens’ victims. Moira isn’t so sure.

Refraction by Naomi Hughes
After an attack on earth, all reflective surfaces become weapons to release monsters, causing a planet-wide ban on mirrors. Despite the danger, the demand rises, and Marty becomes a distributor in an illegal mirror trade―until he’s caught by the mayor’s son, whose slate is far from clean. Both of them are exiled for their crimes to one of the many abandoned cities overrun by fog. But they soon realize their thoughts influence their surroundings and their deepest fears begin to manifest.

Gravity by Sarah Deming
When Gravity Delgado walks into Cops ‘n Kids, a no-frills Brooklyn boxing gym, and starts working with the legendary Coach Thomas, she joins a true melting pot of fighters. At the gym, she finds the unexpected: the father she’s never had in her coach, not one but two romantic prospects, and, most importantly, a love and skill for boxing. If she can stay focused, despite her troubled home life, she might just have a shot at the Olympics.

Day Zero by Kelly deVos (Day Zero Duology, Book One)
Jinx grew up spending weekends drilling with her paranoid dad for a doomsday she’s sure will never come. All that disaster training comes in handy when an explosion traps her in a burning building with her headstrong stepsister, MacKenna, and her precocious little brother, Charles. Jinx gets them out alive only to discover the explosion is part of a pattern of violence erupting all over the country. Even worse, Jinx’s dad stands accused of triggering the chaos.

The How and the Why by Cynthia Hand
Cassandra has the best parents a girl could ask for. She has everything she needs—except maybe the one thing she wants. Like, to know who she is. But eighteen years ago, someone wrote Cass a series of letters. And they may just hold the answers Cass has been searching for.

Next Week

Teens and adults can learn to crochet and make a trivet at the Moline Public Library on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Supplies are provided. Registration is required as space and supplies are limited.

Students in grades 4 through 10 can drop by the Library on December 16 between 5:30 and 7:00 to work on lap blankets and lap quilts to donate to a nursing home. No registration required.

The Write Now! Writers Group is open to teen and adult writers of all genres and writing levels. Meetings take place on the first and third Mondays at 6:00 p.m. in the Moline Public Library 2nd floor program room. Bring up to 6 pages (double spaced) of a current writing project to share with the group for advice and feedback.

Help us knit/crochet blanket squares over the winter months. Blanket squares will be used to make complete blankets which will be donated to our Project Linus chapter. Program is open to teens and adults of all levels of experience and will meet on Wednesday, December 18 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. No registration required. Supplies are provided but limited. Participants may bring their own supplies.

Tweens and teens in grades 6 through 12 are invited to watch the movie Elf on Thursday, December 19 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy holiday crafts and snacks while watching. No registration required.

Want to get emails twice a month with all the great programs for teens? Email your address to jlaroche@molinelibrary.org. You can also register to get a monthly newsletter with all the Library’s events.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library

A Librarian Reads…

Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs? by Caitlin Doughty

If you’ve ever wondered what happens to bodies after death, this is a must-read. Doughty, a funeral director, gets questions about this topic all the time, and the best ones come from children. In answering thirty-five of her favorites, she also gives a lot of information about death, funeral customs, legal issues, and much more.

Though it sounds grim, this book is filled with humor. Short chapters make for easy reading. Highly recommended for readers in middle school and up who are curious about the realities of death or enjoy humorous nonfiction.

Featured Series

Remade by Alex Scarrow

Leon and his younger sister, Grace, have recently moved to London from New York and are struggling to settle into their new school when rumors of an unidentified plague in Africa begin to fill the news. Within a week, the virus hits London. The siblings witness people turning to liquid before their eyes, and they run for their lives.

1) Plague Land

2) Plague Land Reborn

3) Plague Land No Escape

What’s New?

Check out these new titles in the Teen Corner at the Moline Public Library. Click on the title to go to the catalog to find the book or place a hold.

The Beautiful by Renée Ahdieh (The Beautiful, Book One)
In 1872, New Orleans is a refuge to Celine after she’s forced to flee her life in Paris. Taken in by the sisters of the Ursuline convent, she soon falls in love with the city; music, food, soirées, and—especially—to the danger. She soon catches the eye of Sébastien Saint Germain. But when the bodies of girls from the convent are discovered, each crime more gruesome than the last, Celine and New Orleans become gripped by the terror of a serial killer on the loose—one Celine is sure has set her in his sights.

Our Wayward Fate by Gloria Chao
Ali Chu knows that as the only Asian person at her school in middle-of-nowhere Indiana, she must be bland as white toast to survive. But when she finds out that Chase Yu, the new kid in school, is also Taiwanese chemistry soon sparks. But Ali’s mom forbids her to date Chase. As Ali digs into the why behind her mother’s disapproval, she uncovers secrets about her family and Chase that force her to question everything she thought she knew about life, love, and her unknowable future.

Fireborne by Rosaria Munda (The Aurelian Cycle, Book One)
Annie and Lee were just children when a brutal revolution changed their world, giving everyone a chance to test into the governing class of dragonriders. Annie’s lowborn family was executed by dragonfire, while Lee’s aristocratic family was murdered by revolutionaries. Growing up in the same orphanage forged their friendship, and seven years of training have made them rivals for the top position in the dragonriding fleet. Then survivors from the old regime surface, bent on reclaiming the city.

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton
Lennon doesn’t believe in much, but she does believe in the security of the number five. If she flicks the bedroom light switch five times, maybe things will be all right. And if that doesn’t work, five more times, and five more times… Kyler sees this pattern of lights from the safety of his treehouse in the yard next door where he fills his notebooks with lyrics that reveal the true scars of the boy behind the oversized hoodies and caustic humor.

How to Be Luminous by Harriet Reuter Hapgood
Middle child Minnie and her two sisters have always been able to get through anything together: growing up without fathers, living the eccentric artist lifestyle, and riding out their mother’s mental highs and lows. But when they lose their mother, Minnie wonders if she could lose everything: her family, her future, her first love . . . and maybe even her mind.

Next Week

Students in grades 4 through 10 can drop by the Library on December 9 between 5:30 and 7:00 to work on lap blankets and lap quilts to donate to a nursing home. No registration required.

Teens and adults can learn to crochet and make a trivet at the Moline Public Library on Saturday, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. Supplies are provided. Registration is required as space and supplies are limited.

Want to get emails twice a month with all the great programs for teens? Email your address to jlaroche@molinelibrary.org. You can also register to get a monthly newsletter with all the Library’s events.

 

Check out events for teens at other area libraries:

Rock Island Public Library

Bettendorf Public Library

Davenport Public Library

East Moline Public Library

Silvis Public Library

River Valley District Library

Robert R. Jones Public Library

LeClaire Community Library