for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
2000 Award Winner
Walter Dean Myers - YA Myers
of Jersey City, N.J., developed "Monster," edited by Phoebe Yeh, out
of 600 hours of interviews with prisoners in jails and New Jersey and New York.
His is the recipient of a Margaret A. Edwards Award for distinguished
contribution to young adult literature. The five-time Coretta Scott King Award
winner and a recipient of Newbery Honor Awards for "Scorpions" and
"Somewhere in the Darkness."
Walter Dean Myers was named the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award
for excellence in literature for young adults. "Monster," illustrated
by Christopher Myers and published by HarperCollins, tells the suspenseful,
emotionally charged story of a 16-year-old arrested for murder.
2000 Honor Books
Love by Ellen
Wittlinger - YA Wittlinger, E
Love," edited by David Gale," is about a 16-year-old who falls in love
with a "rich, spoiled, lesbian, private-school-gifted-and-talented writer
virgin." According to Bradburn, "With funning, fast-paced dialogue and
vivid, off-beat characters, this story of love, friendship and a fractured
family, is rooted in the contemporary zine scene."
is a former children's librarian and author of two other young adult novels –
"Noticing Paradise" and "Lombardo's Law."
by David Almond - YA ALM
Unhappy about his baby sister's illness and the chaos of moving
into a dilapidated old house, Michael retreats to the garage and finds a mysterious stranger who is something like a bird
and something like an angel.
Almond, who grew up
in northeast England's, has been a mailman, a brush salesman, editor and
teacher. "Skellig" received the 1999 Great Britain Whitbread
Children's Book of the Year Award. Almond's latest book, "Kit's
Wilderness," will be released in March.
by Laura Hulse Anderson -
A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
The event has silenced Melinda and caused her to be rejected by her fellow
students. This compelling, first-person narrative carries the reader from
Melinda's state of isolation to the moment she finds the power to speak."
Anderson's first novel. She gathered her material by listening to her teenage
daughter and her friends as she drove her friends to and from school.