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20 January 2005 @ 11:52 am
musings from ALA  
I spent most of the time in Boston sitting and discussing books with the esteemed members of the Quick Picks Committee. What a grand time we had arguing about books, pleading for our favorites to remain on the list, coming up with annotations for the 80 books that made the final list. True hog heaven for this book lover.

Glad to see Meg Rosoff's book win the Printz. It was the only one I managed to pick. Now I am in the process of finding the other titles on the shelf and reading them to keep up with the award winners.

On the plane ride back from Boston I finished the galley of the Julius Lester book, A DAY OF TEARS. Wow, he has come full circle from TO BE A SLAVE in this remarkable narrative (told in dialog and monologue) about the real life auction of more than 400 slaves in just 2 days. Incredibly powerful book.

I began reading THE LIGHTNING THIEF by Ric Riordan, a former middle school teacher in San Antonio. Meet Percy (short for Perseus) as he faces dangerous beasts including the Minotaur and one of the Furies in this romp of a fantasy with plenty of references to mythology.

Huzzahs to all the winners!
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
Trouble: little princessliteraticat on January 20th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
I called Kitten, Knuffle Bunny, Ellington, Al Capone, Lizzie Bright, and How I Live Now (which was one of my two favorite YAs of 2004). Kira-Kira was a sleeper!
RebelLibrarian: Dariarebellibrarian on January 20th, 2005 12:21 pm (UTC)
I just feel ripped off that The Burn Journals didn't get a Printz nod. It's getting to a point where I don't want to read anything because once I decide it's the best book of the year, I then know it's quite likely to be doomed to Printz obscurity.

I did enjoy how i live now when I first read it but it faded from memory pretty quickly.