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And the ALA Award Goes To

FYA gives mad pants to ALA Youth Media Award winners!

And the ALA Award Goes To

You guys. YOU GUYS! Did you follow along with the live webcast of the ALA Youth Media Awards? Wasn't it EXCITING? The ALAYMA is kinda like the Oscars of YA books, except that Joan Rivers' fifth face isn't on the red carpet, criticizing what people are wearing. And no one gets to make drunken acceptance speeches, more's the pity.

This year, the ALAYMAs were particularly special to us at FYA, because not one, not two, but THREE of our favorite authors and Between Two Lockers interviewees were honored! And we are PLEASED AS PUNCH about it.

So, we're throwing a little party for them!

See? Don't we look ready to party?? We've even overcome weather AND the space-time continuim to get together and celebrate! Because our combined forces are JUST THAT COOL.

So come in, grab a complimentary champ can and a party hat and join us as we celebrate the achievements of . . .

A.S. King! Her new book, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, was named a Mothereffin' Printz Honor Book! (You may not be aware of this, but the official title of the Printz is "The Mothereffin' Printz Award, Mothereffers!" But they can't fit that onto the sticker, so they go with the slightly more professional-sounding "Michael Printz Award." Pfft)

Amy, as you may remember from reading her B2L interview, is funny, endearing, a lover of Grover, and has an unfortunate MASH-predicted future of being a Pickle Plant Manager. And now she can add a Mothereffin' Printz Honor Award (Mothereffers!) to her credits! Way to go, Amy! We are super proud of you!

But wait, there's more! How about B2L Interviewee and Occasional Gentleman Commentor, Antony John, ladies and Brian? He just went out and won himself the Schneider Family Award for books which "embody an artistic expression of the disability experience!" When I read Five Flavors of Dumb a few months ago, I knew I had my hands on something special, and my opinions have been validated by the ALA (which is always nice)!

Antony, we are beyond thrilled that you've been recognized by the ALA, and I myself can't wait until more people fall in love with Piper as much as I did. I will be lifting a pint to you, good sir!

And last, but CERTAINLY not least, Almost Perfect, written by our own Mr FYA, Brian Katcher, won the Stonewall Award for Best Book Relating to the LGBTQ Experience!!! I KNOW! There may have actually been audible screams and excited stamping of feet in my office when I read over the results. Brian, words can't express how pleased and proud we are, but I'll let Jenny try in the only way we know how - champagne toasts!

"clink, clink, clink, clink, clink" (the sound of a fork against my champ can, to get your attention)

I have something to say, y'all. 392 days ago (but who's counting?) I had the pleasure of reviewing a little book called Almost Perfect". I was touched by this book. (Not like that. Get your heads out of the gutter!) It was a book that I believe should be required reading for young and old alike. It was a book about a girl, who happened to have been born genetically a boy, and it was a book about the boy who fell in love with her. It is a beautiful story, and I felt better for having read it. Little did I know that it would introduce us all here at FYA to its ridiculously rad author (AND his amazing wife!). In the past 391 days, you've become an integral part of this website, and, in turn, our lives. We're happy to virtually know you, Brian. It's not for nothing that you are Mr. FYA. This award is SO well deserved, and we raise our champ cans to you. Here's to tremendous success (and the dollars that come with it!) in 2011 and beyond!

Hear hear, Jenny!

Honestly, guys, we're happy for all the winners of the ALAYMAs, but we're just full of joy for you three. Thank you ALL so much for writing kickass (AWARD WINNING) books and sharing them- and yourselves - with us here at FYA. Here's to an amazing 2011 . . . we can't wait to see what you do next.

Now, someone turn up the R Kelly so we can get this party started!

Erin Callahan's photo About the Author: Erin is loud, foul-mouthed, an unrepentant lover of trashy movies and believes that champagne should be an every day drink. When she isn't drowning in a sea of engineers for whom Dilbert is still uproariously funny, she's writing about books, tv, the cult of VC Andrews and more.