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In case you missed it, here is the press release for the long list (10) of finalists for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature:

What a lovely list of books, one that demonstrates the incredible talents in our field. Children's and YA books, realistic fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, middle grade novels, new takes on classics: they are all here in these ten books:

Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)

Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel Books/Penguin Group USA)

Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)

Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)

David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)

Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group USA)

Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/HarperCollinsPublishers)

Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)

I have read most of these already. The ones I have missed are already at the top of my TBR stack (the ones I have) or will be purchased shortly and downloaded (I have this problem with delayed gratification). I cannot even begin to imagine how the judges ( will narrow this list of 10 down to 5 and then, ultimately, select just ONE for the winning title. All I know is, I would love to be a fly on the wall (or a tap on the phone or a hacker on their online discussions). If these books are missing from your "already read" or "to be read" stacks, remedy that situation. This award is for literary merit, not popularity. Often the books here make their way onto other award lists, too. And if you do not know the NBA (and only in our field can this mean something other than sports!), go back and read some of the past winners, too. You can thank me later.
Tags: awards, great books, national book awards
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