I don't know if you heard the news, but for the first time in the history of the William C. Morris YA Debut Award and the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, one author was chosen to receive both awards!
The 2012 Morris and Printz awards recognize John Corey Whaley’s first novel, Where Things Come Back, for excellence in young adult fiction and as an impressive new voice in young adult literature.
Seventeen-year-old Cullen's summer in Lily,
Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged
spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his
younger brother's sudden disappearance.
Don’t miss this unusual story of kidnapping, discovery and angst in a small town.
Check out this year’s Morris and Printz winners and honorable mentions at: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/morris and http://www.ala.org/yalsa/printz.