The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the winner of the 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Winner is:
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Dutton Books)
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin AlireSáenz (Simon & Schuster)
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Little Brown and Company)
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (Scholastic)
All Walden Award titles will be identified by an award sticker—gold for the winner and silver for the four finalists. The winning title and finalists will be honored on Monday, November 25th at the 2013 ALAN Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, and will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the thirty publishers who submitted titles for consideration.
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered nearly 350 young adult titles throughout the process. The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities. They are:
- Lois Buckman, Committee Chair, Librarian, Caney Creek High School, Conroe, TX
- Ricki Ginsberg, Past Committee Chair, Doctoral Student, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
- Carolyn Angus, Director, George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
- Jonatha Basye, Teacher/Librarian, Bryan Elementary, Hampton, VA
- Paul Hankins, English Language & Composition, Silver Creek High School, Sellersburg, IN
- Suzanne Metcalfe, Librarian, Dimond High School, Anchorage, Alaska
- Mark Letcher, Assistant Professor English Education, Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN
- Kellee Moye, Classroom Teacher, Hunter’s Creek Middle School, Orlando, FL
- Mindi Rench, Classroom Teacher, Northbrook Junior High School, Northbrook, IL
- Lois Stover, Professor, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s City, MD
- Diane Tuccillo, Teen Services Librarian, Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO
For more information on the award, please visit ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents.
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The first day of school is imminent and this new YA book is one that I want to make sure all high school teachers place in their classroom library. What Speak did for awareness of sexual assault, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock will do for teen suicide and depression. It’s a must read for every teacher. It’s not an easy read by any means, but it is an important one.
It’s Leonard Peacock’s 18th birthday and he is prepared to end his life. But before he does that he packs a gun in his backpack and makes a plan to kill his former best friend. It’s about Leonard’s last day on earth and it’s intense, heartbreaking, and gut-wrenching. I won’t tell you more because you need to meet Leonard and get to know him in order to fully appreciate the story.
I read Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock in one sitting and it was intense. Quick’s writing will make you uncomfortable and you might want to put the book down. Don’t. It’s vital that you finish Leonard’s story and that you listen to all of the characters. They are well-written and realistic– even the less-than-perfect characters. There are no easy answers for Leonard or those around him, just like there are no easy answers in life. And that’s why this book is so important.
A must-have for all high school libraries and a must-read for adults who work with teenagers. Be aware that there are swear words liberally scattered throughout the pages, but they are important to the voice of the characters. This is a book about very important issues- school violence, suicide, bullying– and those issues are life-altering. The language fits and it’s appropriate.
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