One week from today, voting for the Children’s Choice Book Awards will be closed. Everyday this week, we’ll be sharing some information about the finalists in every age category and we’ll be starting off with the finalists for the Author of the Year.
Author of the Year
Suzanne Collins for Catching Fire (Hunger Games, Book 2)
The Hunger Games is a trilogy of books by author and TV show writer Suzanna Collins that are based by the Greek Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Catching Fire is the second book of the trilogy and has been on the New York Times Bestseller list for more than 60 weeks. In addition to the Hunger Games, Ms. Collins has also written The Underland Chronicles, Fire Proof: Shelby Woo #11, When Charlie McButton Lost Power, and Breaking Barriers.
Carl Hiaasen for Scat
Carl Hiaasen is an accomplished investigative journalist, and author of both adult and young adult novels. Scat is a mystery novel about a missing teacher and the two students that do everything in their power to find her. Mr. Hiaasen’s other young adult works include Hoot and Flush. Hoot won a Newberry Honor in 2003.
Jeff Kinney for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Last Straw and Dog Days
A full-time writer and online game designer, Jeff Kinney is the author of the successful series, Diary of a Wimpy Kid. This past March, the Diary of a Wimpy Kid movie was released to great fanfare. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: the Last Straw sees the main protagonist of the series Greg Heffley in the second half of seventh grade. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days follows The Last Straw and is about Greg’s summer between seventh and eighth grade.
Rick Riordan for The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson & the Olympians, Book 5)
The Last Olympian is the final book in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. In it, demigod Percy Jackson and his friends defend Mount Olympus from the Titans. This year, the first book in the series has been made into a movie Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Mr. Riordan is an accomplished author, also writing the Tres Navarre adult mystery series, and he is currently working on a new series The Kane Chronicles which is based on Egyptian myths.
James Patterson for Max (A Maximum Ride Novel)
A popular adult fiction writer, James Patterson has also found success as a young adult author. His series Maximum Ride is about a ‘flock’ of teenagers led by Maximum Ride (“Max”) who are 98% human and 2% bird, running from the scientist who created them. Max is the fifth book in the series and finds the Flock helping the government discover why fish are dying and ships are being destroyed off the coast of Hawaii.
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