Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep won the National Book Award for best young adult novel.
In Challenger Deep, Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Bosch is dedicated the ship’s artist in residence and pretends to join the track team, and must decide which is more important.
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According to Publisher’s Lunch – who heralded the National Book Award winners as a “triumph” for diversity – Shusterman discussed how inspiration for Challenger Deep sprang from his son Brendan’s battle with mental illness.
“We have to open up and talk about it more so we can understand it better,” said Shusterman in his acceptance speech, according to Publisher’s Lunch.
Shusterman beat out Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish, Laura Ruby’s Bone Gap, Steven Sheinkin’s Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War and Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.
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