2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Finalists Announced
The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is pleased and proud to announce the finalists for the 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award for Young Adult Fiction. Established in 2008 to honor the wishes of young adult author Amelia Elizabeth Walden, the award allows for the sum of $5,000 to be presented annually to the author of a young adult title selected by the ALAN Amelia Elizabeth Walden Book Award Committee as demonstrating a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit.
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
(Simon & Schuster)
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
(Little Brown and Company)
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
All Walden Award titles will be identified by an award sticker—gold for the winner and silver for the three finalists. The winner will be announced on Monday, July 29th. The winning title and finalists will be honored on Monday, November 25th at the 2013 ALAN Workshop in Boston, Massachusetts, and will be invited to participate in a panel discussion.
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee would like to thank: the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Foundation, the ALAN Executive Council, the ALAN Board of Directors, NCTE, and the thirty publishers who submitted titles for consideration.
The 2013 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award Committee considered nearly 300 young adult titles throughout the process. The committee was comprised of eleven members representing the university, K-12 school, and library communities. They are:
Lois Buckman, Chair
Caney Creek High School, Conroe, TX
Ricki Ginsberg, Past Chair
University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
George G. Stone Center for Children’s Books, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA
Bryan Elementary, Hampton, VA
English Language & Composition
Silver Creek High School, Sellersburg, IN
Dimond High School, Anchorage, Alaska
Associate Professor English Education
Purdue University Calumet Hammond, IN
Hunter’s Creek Middle School, Orlando, FL
Northbrook Junior High School, Northbrook, IL
St. Mary’s College of Maryland, St Mary’s City, MD
Teen Services Librarian
Poudre River Public Library District, Fort Collins, CO
For more information on the award, please visit ALAN Online: The Official Site of the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents http://www.alan-ya.org/.
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