Hey Bits and Bramblers! You’ve heard of the Michael L. Printz award, right? It’s a pretty important teen literature award. And it’s kind of a big deal…some pretty amazing books have won the award, like John Green’s Looking for Alaska and An Na’s A Step From Heaven (both of which made of Best Stand-Alone Teen Books of the Decade list!)

Well, the winner of the 2010 Printz Award was announced yesterday…and it’s Going Bovine, by Libba Bray!

Now, I was lucky enough to read the book over the summer, even though it wasn’t technically published until this fall. (Thaaaaat’s right. One of the perks of being a librarian? Reading books before most of the world is even allowed. It’s just as awesome as it sounds.)

Going Bovine tells the story of sixteen-year-old Cameron Smith. His parents think he’s a slacker, his super popular sister pretends not to know him at school, and he hates his job at a fast food place. Although, things change pretty fast when he starts seeing flames shoot out of nowhere. Then he’s diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob—otherwise known as Mad Cow Disease.

After that, he meets Dulcie, the angel with hot-pink wings. And Gonzo, the hypochondriac dwarf. And don’t get me started on the Balder, the Norse God. In fact…you know what? Why read to my description when you can watch the author herself—in a cow suit, no less—explain things? Then you’ll be better prepared to tackle new award winning book!

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