The Westchester Fiction Award Committee, comprised of six elementary, middle, and high school teacher librarians and library aides in the Los Angeles Unified School District, has selected five books for 2009 awards in each of the elementary, middle and high school levels.

The award winners in each category for 2009 included:


“Before John Was a Jazz Giant” by Carole Boston Weatherford;

“Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp” by Denise Fleming;

“Lemon the Duck” by Laura Backman;

“My Cousin, The Alien” by Pamela Service; and “Wild Boars Cook” by Meg Rosoff.

Middle School

“The Brain Finds a Leg” by Martin Chatterton;

“Lunch With Lenin” by Deborah Ellis;

“Masterpiece” by Elise Broach;

“Ramp Rats” by Liam O’Donnell; and “Who’s Buried in the Garden” by Ray Villareal.

High School

“The Adoration of Jenna Fox” by Mary E. Pearson;

“Lost” by Jacqueline Davies;

“Pieces of Me” by Charlotte Gingras;

“Shut Up” by Marilyn Reynolds; and “Watching July” by Christine Hart.

Now starting its second year, the Westchester Fiction Award Committee has changed its literary focus to considering young adult fiction geared to the high school-age reader, librarian Suzanne Osman said. The committee plans to nominate up to ten books this year and the final award will be based on both student evaluation as well as the committee’s. The winning titles will be announced in January 2011.