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Golden Kite Awards

jul. 22, 2020, 5:21pm

The Golden Kite Awards are given annually by the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international children's writing organization, to recognize excellence in children’s literature. The award is a golden medallion showing a child flying a kite. Instituted in 1973, the Golden Kite Awards are the only children’s literary award judged by a jury of peers.

In 2016, they added a Young Adult category. Since there are only one or two Golden Kites awarded annually for the Young Adult category, this topic could be updated each year with the winner(s) instead of creating a new topic every year.

Editat: jul. 22, 2020, 5:42pm

2020 Golden Kite Award Winner
Young Adult Fiction: Lovely War by Julie Berry

A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.

It's 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She's a shy and talented pianist; he's a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it's immediate and deep--and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.

Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who's played Carnegie Hall, he's a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that's before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who's already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.

Thirty years after these four lovers' fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love.
“Lovely War is a lushly romantic tale of gods and mortals.” A- (Entertainment Weekly)

“Lovely War by Julie Berry is a compelling, heartwarming, and compelling story of love and war, romance, Greek gods, and music.” (Reading Ladies)

2020 Golden Kite Honor Book
Young Adult Fiction: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award-winning title The Poet X comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright.

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions—doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela.

The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.
“Acevedo has done it again: the multi-award-winning author of The Poet X (2018) here delivers perfection... This sophomore novel is simply stunning.” (Booklist (starred review))

A stunning sophomore novel from National Book Award and Printz winner Acevedo.... With evocative, rhythmic prose and realistically rendered relationships and tensions, Acevedo’s unvarnished depiction of young adulthood is at once universal and intensely specific.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

“The acclaimed author follows up her celebrated The Poet X with a love letter to food and a tribute to young, single mothers... Acevedo’s second serving offers a much-needed nuanced exploration of teen parenting that belongs on all shelves.” (School Library Journal (starred review))

“Acevedo continues to create beautifully realized characters with complex lives... Readers of all sorts will find something to connect with in this honest and ultimately hopeful story.” (Horn Book (starred review))

jul. 23, 2020, 9:52am

With the fire on high is on my TBR pile. I must try and read it soon.

jul. 23, 2020, 10:21am

You know, there is a whole group just dedicated to Literary awards:

jul. 23, 2020, 10:38am

I'm happy to see more action in the Read YA group, and these posts are a nice way to stimulate conversation and to draw attention to books I might have missed. Not that I need more on my Wishlist ....

jul. 23, 2020, 3:22pm

>4 gilroy: Just trying to create some discussion topics here around YA lit and get people talking.
Sharing recent award-winners seemed like a decent way to both recommend books to people looking for a new read and to encourage people to comment on books they've read.

Editat: jul. 23, 2020, 3:24pm

>3 Sakerfalcon: I've got both Fire on High and The Poet X on my wishlist, and I keep seeing these books recommended, but I haven't snagged a copy myself yet.

Editat: jul. 23, 2020, 3:26pm

I bought The Lovely War earlier this year and need to get to it, and just read and loved Acevedo's first book, The Poet X.

>5 Sakerfalcon: >6 originalslicey: I'm also enjoying the conversations!

ETA my touchstones don't seem to be working today.

jul. 23, 2020, 4:09pm

>6 originalslicey: It was more a suggestion to expand your reach to others who might also be interested.

>8 curioussquared: Site Search is down and Touchstones requires Site Search working for them to work.