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

Media Specialist

Peachtree Ridge High School

Lanier High School, 2010-2011

Posted on March 15, 2010, in Reading and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Could someonw post the new Georgia Peach Teen Book Awards list 2011-2012 and the winners for the 2010-11 list? Thanks so much!

  2. April Love Luallen

    I work in a public library that hosted several teen “Peach Parties” within the past few months, one of which featured a professional chef cooking with teens and creating a “peachy” meal! I think offering teens a chance to vote online not only allows for “ballot box stuffing” as you stated, but I think would discourage them from coming into the library setting, getting familiar with the library and being a part of something great. I’ve worked at the library in Buchanan, GA for over 4 years now and I think it is a positive experience if we can actually see those teens face to face and offer up a great “peachy” novel for them to enjoy and relate to. I’ve managed to encourage more than a couple of teens to “try one, you’ll like it”…and they do and they vote! I think without coming in and casting their vote, they would be left perhaps not even realizing the Georgia Peach Awards are occuring. I suppose in the end, those that want to read will and those that won’t, well…you know. However, I’d like to think that by coming into our library and talking with me that I have managed to sway a few resistant readers to pick up a book and actually like it.

  3. I am also against online voting. Bringing the vote to our library is an excellent way to mingle with the teens and encourage more reading. I would fear it might lead to ballot stuffing or non-teen voting.

  4. Yes, I do not believe that online voting would give an accurate count. I think the way it is conducted now is working. We just need to continue to “grow” the program.

    • Suzanne Gordon

      Thanks for the opinion, Zena. The Peach leadership is meeting in April to discuss the ramifications of going to an online voting system. Perhaps by my 4/15 blog, I’ll have more information about the direction we might be moving.

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