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Thursday, October 23, 2014

2014 National Book Award YA Finalists

The National Book Award organization announced its finalists on October 16th.  Here are the finalists for the Young Adult Literature category:

NBA 2014 Young People's Literature List


  • Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic Press)
  • Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights
    (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan Publishers)

  • John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/ Simon & Schuster)
  • Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic Press)
  • Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin Group (USA))
I have read three of the five books (highlighted in yellow) and hope to have a peek at the other two soon.  I always push AWARD books for two reasons: 1)someone else has done their homework and has determined that the book is worthy of praise and worthy of my time as a reader. 2)Usually I agree with the selection committee finding the books well-written, engaging, full of complex characters and colorful descriptions. When I read AWARD books I usually feel like I have grown, that my life has changed in a small way.

Congratulations to the authors. My deepest hope is that your books will find their way into the hands of readers everywhere!


1 comment:

  1. I haven't heard of any of these yet, hopefully I'll get the chance to soon! Thanks for sharing:-)
    Esty @ Boarding with Books


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