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!