The Winner! California Young Reader Medal!

Just announced! This year’s California Young Reader Medal Winner!

The California Young Reader Medal is a special award because unlike most other book awards, students nominate the books through their teachers and/or librarians. Students choose the winner by reading and voting for their favorite book in each category.

This year’s winner is Graceling by Kristin Cashore.

I love to see what teens will choose. I read this novel (review is here) and could immediately see why teens would like it–the protagonist is a very strong girl and the world she lives in is magical–but for my own part, I found it repetitive and an exercise in adverbs-gone-wild. And this is why it’s good to have an award that teens choose themselves. And it’s also why I love the idea that we have a library and the opportunity to choose what we want to read, not just cram for tests.

Exercise your FREADOM right here in our library. I bought multiple copies of Graceling just after I read it–thought it might be a hit!


About Victoria Waddle

I'm a high school librarian, formerly an English teacher. I love to read and my mission is to connect people with the right books. To that end, I read widely--from the hi-lo for reluctant high school readers to the literary adult novel for the bibliophile.
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3 Responses to The Winner! California Young Reader Medal!

  1. sraslim says:

    Love this book! Action, peril, intrigue, Gracelings!!!!! Need to read Fire! now!

    • Ms. Waddle says:

      I also read “Fire” since I thought the series would be popular. It’s sort of a prequel,but not really–the two characters live in the same fantasy world. But I think fans of “Graceling” will love “Fire” because they’ll have another rocking, strong girl working her magic. And it’s in our library, too!

  2. sraslim says:

    Thank you for posting this! Love this book! Need to read Fire! now!

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