The National Book Award Committee announced their finalists today. The winners will be announced on November 16th. So stay tuned.
Here are the finalists for the Young People's Literature category:
-My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson, published by Marshall Cavendish Corp.
-Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai, published by HarperCollins
-Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy by Albert Marrin, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers
-Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt, published by Clarion Books
-Chime by Franny Billingsley, published by Dial
Looking over the list I'd say that Chime, My Name is Not Easy, and Shine are YA novels; Inside Out and Back Again, and Okay for Now are for middle-grade readers; and Flesh and Blood so Cheap is nonfiction that would probably be suitable for grades 5 and up. I'll be eager to see which book wins. Last year Ship Breaker by Bacigalupi won both the National Book Award and the Printz Award, but that is rare. Often the books on the two lists are completely different. If this year is like last year, I want Chime to win because a) it is the only one on my Mock Printz list and b) I've read it! (How's that for deep reasoning?)
Here is the whole list: National Book Award Finalists (LA Times) and National Book Award.
*****Update 10/17/11- I just learned that the National Book Award committee mistakenly announced that Shine by Lauren Myracle was a finalist, but they really meant to say Chime. Shine--Chime. I get it that they sound alike but that is a terrible mistake to make. Read more about this colossal mistake here.
Here is the announcement for the NBA Committee: "The National Book Foundation regrets that an error was made in the original announcement of the Finalists for the 2011 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and apologizes for any confusion and hurt it may have caused Lauren Myracle. At her suggestion, we will be pleased to make a $5,000 donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation in her name"