Peach Book List, 2010-2011
March is a busy, busy time for the Georgia Peach Book Award Committee for Teen Readers. We met at La Madeleine near Perimeter Mall February 25th for discussion of about 85 books on our consideration list to be the 2010-2011 nominees. Strawberries Romanov ended up having way more Weight Watchers points than I was expecting, and I drank way too much French coffee, but we buzzed about those books for the better part of three hours, trying to come up with a balanced list of books that at least four of us had read and could really endorse as something that would resonate with at least some teens in the state. Here’s what we came up with:
- After by Amy Efaw
- Bonechiller by Graham McNamee
- Brutal by Michael Harmon
- Burn by Suzanne Phillips
- Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
- Dream Factory by Brad Barkley and Heather Hepler
- Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- Hold Still by Nina LaCour (Dutton)
- If I Stay: a Novel by Gayle Forman
- Jerk, California by Jonathan Friesen
- King of the Screwups by K.L. Going
- Muchaco: a Novel by LouAnne Johnson
- North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
- The Orange Houses by Paul Griffin
- Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
- Skinned by Robin Wasserman
- Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
- The Year We Disappeared: a Father-Daughter Memoir by Cylin Busby
Also, voting was supposed to end Friday, 3/12, with ballots coming to me for insertion into the state master tally spreadsheet. I am accepting them still for a last day or two, just to be sure we can give as much representation to GA teens as possible.
As I have been working with the results from mostly school libraries with a handful from public libraries, I am struck more with the dilemma we’re facing in terms of deciding whether to go over to online voting. The great thing about it is that media specialists and librarians wouldn’t have to hound students and patrons about voting so much—they could do it independently online. The potentially bad thing about it is that we lose the verification that votes are coming from actual Georgia teens, rather than any old person who wants to vote online. Another tough aspect is whether kids would vote multiple times for the same book—the electronic equivalent of stuff the ballot boxes, which most library professionals now correct for, should it happen at their location. If we tried to continue paper ballot voting in part and some locations went to online voting, those with online voting would often have significantly greater sway over the way the win and honor books would go.
We didn’t get much discussion to February’s Peach blog that discussed the way students rank books, best to worst—4, 3, 2, 1, or 0; but really this online aspect is even more important, so if you have any thoughts about its ramifications, please share.
We’re also welcoming six new members to our committee, planning our presentation of the 2010 winners at the Kennesaw State Children’s Literature Conference on March 30, 2010. Two of the speaking authors, Jay Asher and Lisa McMann, are actually on the list of Peach Book nominees for which students have just voted. Wouldn’t it be cool if one of them could hear about winning the award in person!
Suzanne Gordon, NBCT
Peach Book Award Chairperson
Peachtree Ridge High School
Lanier High School, 2010-2011