Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Quills Nominees Announced

The five nominees in each category for the Quill Awards have been announced. The Quill awards are a comsumer choice award initiated by Reed Business (PW magazine) and NBC. The nominees in the kidlit categories are:

Children's Chapter Book/Middle Grade:

  • Inkspell by Cornelia Funke (Scholastic/Chicken House)
  • Flush by Carl Hiaasen (Knopf)
  • The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo (Candlewick)
  • The Penultimate Peril by Lemony Snicket (HarperCollins)
  • Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud (Miramax)


I don't know if I want Inkspell or Ptolemy's Gate to win! Both are excellent books.

Children's Illustrated Book:

  • Fancy Nancy by Jane O'Connor, illus. by Robin Preiss Glasser (HarperCollins)
  • If You Give a Pig a Party by Laura Numeroff, illus. by Felicia Bond (HarperCollins/Geringer)
  • John, Paul, George & Ben by Lane Smith (Hyperion)
  • Walter the Farting Dog Goes on a Cruise by William Kotzwinkle, Glenn Murray and Elizabeth Gundy, illus. by Audrey Colman (Dutton)
  • Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-up Journey by Robert Sabuda (Little Simon)


I don't read many picture books, so I'm not as familiar with the books in this category. But I love Robert Sabuda's work, so I'd probably vote for that.

Young Adult/Teen:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • Eldest by Christopher Paolini
  • Dairy Queen by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
  • King Dork by Frank Portman
  • Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin


Surprisingly, I haven't read many of these, either, so I'm not sure what I'd vote for.

To see all the categories, and to vote, go to quills.msnbc.com.
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