**I'm sorry I haven't been commenting much lately. I'm currently in Oklahoma for my Granny's funeral. And I'm also only 3 weeks out from the bar exam (EEEK!!!). I'm super busy studying. I should be back to normal in March.
The 2013 Printz Awards were announced last week.
The winner was:
In Darkness by Nick Lake
Have any of you heard of this book? As a blogger, I thought I'd heard of everything.
The Printz Honor Award winners were:
1) Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
2) Dodger by Terry Pratchett
3) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
4) The White Bicycle by Beverly Brenna
Are you surprised that The Fault in Our Stars by John Green neither won nor received an honor award?
I was definitely surprised. I'm not disputing that In Darkness deserved to win. I haven't read it or heard anything about it, but I'm sure it's excellent. I am thrilled that Code Name Verity received an honor. It certainly was one of the most incredible books I read last year.
Why not TFIOS though? It was touching, erudite, quotable, well-plotted, and so much more.
Here are my guesses:
1) The awards committee didn't like it as much as the five winners. Boring explanation, but certainly possible.
2) John Green has already won the Printz Award once and been an honor winner another time. Perhaps they wanted to give another author a chance. A few authors have received the honor award twice, but John is the only one who has both won the award and received an honor award.
3) The book is uber-popular. The Printz gives a good book exposure it may not otherwise have.
4) Over-hyped? I wonder if the committee consciously or unconsciously didn't want to join the chorus.
What do you think?
What book(s) do you think should have won the 2013 Printz Award?
I would have picked TFIOS, Code Name Verity, or The Raven Boys (Maggie Stiefvater's book)