The Teen Book Video 2006 Awards sponsored by Random House Children’s Books awarded a prize to The Book Thief, an amazing YA novel that was the first winner of the Teen Book Award presented by the Association of Jewish Libraries. Technically, this award-winning title was selected by the Sydney Taylor Book Award committee, who decided that this excellent book fell outside the age range for Sydney Taylor, but felt it deserved recognition. The teen award does not yet have an official sponsor, so for now it’s just called the AJL Teen Book Award.
Anyway, The Book Thief is a sophisticated, very moving story of a young girl trying to maintain some normalcy in the midst of WWII Germany. In addition to the AJL award, it’s also received the National Jewish Book Award and a Printz Honor medal.
View the book video here!