Annal: 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Fiction

Results of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in the year 2001.

Book:The Land

The Land: Book 1 of Logan Family

Mildred D. Taylor

Millions of fans have followed the Logan family in their seven-book series. Living in the South in the not-so-distant past, the Logans are the only black family to own farmland, while most of their black neighbors are sharecroppers on white-owned land. But where did this valuable legacy come from?

The story begins with Paul-Edward Logan, grandfather of Cassie Logan, the beloved protagonist of Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Born during the Civil War, Paul-Edward is the son of a white plantation owner and a former slave. Though not an unusual heritage, his upbringing is. Paul-Edward’s white father sees to it that he and his sister have many of the privileges their white half-brothers enjoy. But at fourteen, Paul-Edward runs away to seek his fortune. His story is filled with exciting, sometimes heart-breaking adventures, and what is most amazing, his dream of land-ownership, almost impossible for a black…[more]

Book:Damage

Damage

A.M. Jenkins

What you really want to do
is give up trying. Lay your head down on
the steering wheel and quit sneezing,
quit breathing, quit trying.

The problem is, you can’t .
Just quit, that is.
When people want to quit,
they have to choose.
Make a decision. Take action.

Book:Girlhearts

Girlhearts

Norma Fox Mazer

Mom held me around the waist, and I bent and kissed her. “I love you, honey,” she said. “Love you, too.” It was automatic. That’s what I can’t forget.

When a heart attack takes her mom’s life, Sarabeth suddenly loses the only family and home she has ever known. Cynthia and Billy, friends of her mother, take in Sarabeth to live with them and their baby in their tiny one-bedroom apartment. Before long it becomes clear to Sarabeth that she is a burden to them, an intrusion in their lives. She wants to leave, but where can she go?

With startling emotional accuracy and depth, Newbery Honor-winning author Norma Fox Mazer captures what it’s like to lose everything but the memories of a home and a mother, and to gain the courage to heal deep wounds.

Book:The Other Side Of Truth

The Other Side Of Truth

Beverley Naidoo

Sade is slipping her English book into her
schoolbag when her Mama screams. Two sharp
cracks splinter the air.
“Mama mi?” She whispers

Twelve-year-old Sade’s journalist father is a vocal critic of the corrupt government in Nigeria. When Sade’s mother is murdered, her family sees in bloody detail the violent risks that come with exposing the truth.

Her father arranges for Sade and her younger brother to be smuggled to their uncle in London for safety. On the streets of London, the plans fall apart and they are abandoned, passed from foster home to foster home. They try to contact their uncle…[more]

Book:The Seeing Stone

The Seeing Stone: Book 1 of Arthur Trilogy

Kevin Crossley-Holland

It is 1199 and young Arthur de Caldicot is waiting impatiently to grow up and become a knight. One day his friend’s father, Merlin, gives him a shining piece of obsidian, and his life becomes entwined with that of his namesake, the Arthur whose story he sees unfold in the stone.

In this many-layered novel, King Arthur is seen as a mysterious presence influencing not just one time and place, but many. The 100 short chapters are almost like snapshots, not only of the mythic tales of King Arthur, but the earthy, uncomfortable reality of the Middle Ages. Written in the direct, open voice of a real boy living in a time of uncertainty about the future, this story touches on the issues of war and peace, social inequity, religion, reason, and superstition.

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