At the Nebula Award Weekend in San Jose, I presented the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. This was what I said:
A reading from the sacred texts of my people. As you are brought
to remembrance, recite them with me.
The island of Gont, a single mountain that lifts its peak a mile
above the storm-racked Northeast Sea, is a land famous for
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to
say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much.
In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.
There was a hand in the darkness and it held a knife.
Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of
the Western Spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded
All children, except one, grow up.
It was a dark and stormy night.
You see, I had this spacesuit.
It was a pleasure to burn.
In fairy tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black
cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks. But this is not a fairy-tale.
This is about REAL WITCHES.
The unicorn lived in a lilac wood, and she lived all alone.
The nominees for the 2012 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult
Science Fiction and Fantasy are:
Iron Hearted Violet, Kelly Barnhill (Little, Brown)
Black Heart, Holly Black (S&S/McElderry; Gollancz)
Above, Leah Bobet (Levine)
The Diviners, Libba Bray (Little, Brown; Atom)
Vessel, Sarah Beth Durst (S&S/McElderry)
Seraphina, Rachel Hartman (Random House Children’s Books; Doubleday UK)
Enchanted, Alethea Kontis (Harcourt)
Every Day, David Levithan (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Summer of the Mariposas, Guadalupe Garcia McCall (Tu Books)
Railsea, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan)
Fair Coin, E.C. Myers (Pyr)
Above World, Jenn Reese (Candlewick)
And the award goes to…
Fair Coin by E.C. Myers