On Friday, the Los Angeles Times announced the 2009 winners of the paper's Book Prizes. The prize in Young Adult Literature was awarded to . . .
Elizabeth Partridge, Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary (Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Group)
In a tightly focused narrative, Elizabeth Partridge chronicles the events of Martin Luther King’s historic march from Selma to Montgomery, shining a bright spotlight on some of its most important participants: children and teenagers. Their vivid and dramatic accounts are complemented by breathtaking photographs that, when woven into Partridge’s history, provide a sense of immediacy and provoke a sense of moral outrage.
The finalists for the 2009 LA Times Book Prize in YA Literature were . . .
James Cross Giblin, The Rise and Fall of Senator Joe McCarthy (Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Frances Hardinge, The Lost Conspiracy (HarperCollins)
Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwin’s Leap of Faith (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)
Elizabeth Partridge, Marching for Freedom: Walk Together Children and Don’t You Grow Weary
Shaun Tan, Tales from Outer Suburbia (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Here is a complete list of the winners.