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National Book Award – Shortlist
The shortlist for the National Book Awards have been announced!
The Young People’s Literature list:
Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House). My review.
Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan). My review.
This short list came from an earlier long list, which, in addition to these five, had an additional five titles:
Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)
Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)
Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)
Part of the reason I didn’t blog about the long list earlier is, well, I was a bit overwhelmed by it! So many titles that I hadn’t read and I knew that there was no way I was going to be able to read them all.
I will, though, try to read those on the shortlist that I haven’t read before.
Wish me luck! I have until November 20, the day the winner is announced!
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About Elizabeth Burns
Looking for a place to talk about young adult books? Pull up a chair, have a cup of tea, and let's chat. I am a New Jersey librarian. My opinions do not reflect those of my employer, SLJ, YALSA, or anyone else. On Twitter I'm @LizB; my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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