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.
In Sorta Like a Rock Star, Amber Appleton is full of optimism, which is difficult to believe since she lives in the school bus that her mother drives for work. Intent on making the most of her life, Amber befriends a group of misfits at school, teaches English to a group of Korean women through music, and spends time with the residents of a nursing home and a reclusive veteran. But even Amber cannot maintain her eternal enthusiasm for life, and when tragedy strikes she's left questioning what is really so great about life. Three honor titles were selected by the 2011 Thumbs Up! Award committee: Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly (Delacorte Press), Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan (Alfred A. Knopf), and After Ever After by Jordan Sonnenblick (Scholastic).
The Thumbs Up! Award was established in 1986 to recognize the excellence in, and to celebrate the uniqueness of, Teen/Young Adult literature. A committee, consisting of Young Adult and Teen Librarians from all over Michigan, met several times during the year to determine the winner. This year's committee members included Amelia Yunker, Chair, Zandra Blake, Allison Boyer, Virginia DeMumbrum, Beth Green, Laura Manley, Sian Marshall, Jamie Micka, Erin Strand, Emily Trousdale and Sally Wilcox . Since 2001, the Thumbs Up! Award selection process has also included a teen vote.