School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-The simple fact that these book awards exist is the extent of the "stories." Fundamental biographical data for each individual is included but the details of their achievements are a bit sketchy. As such, readers may not be able to explain exactly what these people did to have these awards named after them. While most readers will have heard of Coretta Scott King, they are unlikely to be familiar with Michael Printz, an outstanding high school librarian in Kansas before his untimely death. The award given in his name was established in 2000. It honors a book "that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature." The CSK Award recognizes the achievements of African-American authors and illustrators. Both texts are written in a chatty, informal style and end matter includes current award winners, personal chronologies and a listing of world events that occurred in the subject's lifetime, and a short list of books for further reading. Although the Coretta Scott King Award was first given in 1970, only books from 1999 to 2003 are listed. Full-color, captioned photographs are scattered throughout. To date, there are no other biographies about Printz. Fortunately, most collections have better books about King.-Kathleen Simonetta, Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, IL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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