Thursday, March 29, 2012

CYRM Award


CYRM voting

Voting for the statewide California Young Reader Medal Award program took place over the last 2 weeks in our library. 84 students from Burrow through Junior High participated by reading one or more titles from four catagories. Here's the results from our school (statewide results will be announced May 1 on the CYRM website ):

Picture Book Category:

Henry Cole's On Meadowview Street (Greenwillow), about a young girl who takes action to improve her new neighborhood, won by a nose. Florence Heide's Princess Hyacinth (The Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated) (Schwartz & Wade Books), about a lighter-than-air child who learns how to have fun--and friends, despite being gravity challenged, came in a close second.


Amazingly, despite how much everyone said they loved Lenore Look's Alvin Ho (Schwartz & Wade Books), Danette Haworth's contemporary coming of age story,  Violet Raines Almost Got Struck By Lightning (Walker), was the winner.

Middle School
A tie!! Ying Chang Compestine's Revolution is not a Dinner Party (Square Fish), an historical fiction novel set in China during the reign of the Gang of Four, tied with Wendy Mass' Every Soul a Star (Little, Brown), about four unlikely people who meet during an eclipse and end up learning a lot about themselves and life.

Young Adult (YA)

Kristin Cashore's Graceling (Graphia) handily beat Alex Flinn's Beastly (Harper Teen), a contemporary retelling of the Beauty and the Beast story, and Gayle Forman's If I Stay (Dutton Books), the powerful drama of the aftermath of an auto accident. Graceling, is an action packed fantasy about a young woman with a very special and dangerous talent (or Grace) who teams up with another equally talented young man to fight against an evil king.

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