The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen by Susin Nielsen, published 2012 by Tundra Books, is the winner of the 2013 Thumbs Up! Award. The award will be presented at the Spring Institute 2014 Conference in Battle Creek, March 27-28, 2014.
Thirteen-year-old Henry’s happy, ordinary life comes to an abrupt halt when his older brother, Jesse, picks up their father’s hunting rifle and leaves the house one morning. What follows shatters Henry’s family, who are forced to resume their lives in a new city, where no one knows their past. When Henry’s therapist suggests he keep a journal, at first he is resistant. But soon he confides in it at all hours of the day and night. In spite of Henry’s desire to “fly under the radar,” he eventually befriends a number of oddball characters, both at school and in his modest apartment building. And even though they know nothing about his past – at least, not yet – they help him navigate the waters of life after “IT.”
The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen has received numerous awards, including the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award, the 2013 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Award, Best YA Book and the 2013 Canadian Library Association's Children's Book of the Year
The Michigan Library Association is pleased to announce that The Fault in Our Stars written by John Green and published by Dutton Books is the winner of the 2012 Thumbs Up! Award, garnering top votes from both teens and librarians state-wide.
In The Fault in Our Stars, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die at 14. Then a medical miracle shrunk the tumors in her lungs, for now. Now at 16 Hazel is post-high school, post-friends, and post-normalcy. Even though she could live for a long time, she is now tethered to an oxygen tank. But when Augustus enters Hazel starts to re-examine life and death and the legacy that everyone leaves behind. Three honor titles were selected by the 2012 Thumbs Up! Committee: Divergent by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books), This Dark Endeavor by Kenneth Oppel (Simon & Schuster), and A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Candlewick).
The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize and promote an outstanding contribution to teen literature that has both literary quality and teen appeal for those 13 to 18 years of age. A committee of Youth and Teen Librarians from all over the state determined the winner. This year’s committee members included Jess Pugh, Chair, Hiliary Berry-Griffioen, Kristin Siegel, Anna Slaughter, Andrea Smalley, Erin Strand and Brandi Swinehart. Since 2001, the Thumbs Up! Award selection process has also included a teen vote, which this year allowed teens to vote online for their favorite book.
Thumbs Up! Award
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Sorta Like a Rock Star written by Matthew Quick and published by Little, Brown and Company, is the winner of the 2011 Thumbs Up! Award, garnering top votes state-wide from both teens and librarians.
The Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that Hate List written by Jennifer Brown and published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, is the winner of the 2010 Thumbs Up! Award. In Hate List, Valerie Leftman was a normal teenager, until her boyfriend Nick decided to bring a gun to school and shoot their classmates and teachers based on a "Hate List" that she helped him create. Valerie, her family, and her classmates try to come to grips with the aftermath and decide if she is a hero or contributor to the shooting. Four honor titles were selected by the 2010 Thumbs Up!