It felt like Australia Day all over again today.
I am feeling so proud of Australian YA authors, so much so my chest is puffed out to make me look like a robin and I feel a little teary.
Melina Marchetta - the woman I want to hug most in the world, the woman I impatiently waited for eleven years to publish again after Looking for Alibrandi, the woman who made a family member's depression seem less isolating and the woman who gave us Taylor and Jonah. She won the 2009 Printz Award for (On the) Jellicoe Road and I am overcome with joy. Of course, when I emailed her (I can't believe I have her email address!) I didn't gush because I wanted to be a cool sophisticate. But here...I can't seem to help myself. This book deserves every bit of recognition that it gets and it is sublime. READ IT!!!! Twice.
But it gets better. Why? Margo Lanagan got Honors for her novel, Tender Morsels. I haven't read it yet but I sorely wish to. Read her reaction here at her blog.
Australian authors (or OZYA as Simmone referred to them) are plenty talented and I can't wait for more to break the American market. I have a list of links to Australian authors on the right of this screen, do yourself a favour and check them out as well as my featured author, Simmone Howell.
Update - Was truly thrilled when I saw that Justine Larbalestier posted a blog entry about the Printz Awards with the same title as mine. Fate? Or some serious Aussie pride?