National Book Award for Young People’s Literature longlist announced

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Gif courtesy of the National Book Award tumblr.

Gif courtesy of the National Book Award tumblr.

The National Book Awards announced the longlist for their Young People’s Literature award.

The National Book Award aims to celebrate the best of American literature and has been running since 1950. The longlist titles for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature are:

Worth noting is the lack of female characters on the list: while six of the authors are ladies, only three of the titles feature lady characters as protagonists, with even less featuring relationships (friendship, familial or romantic) between female characters.

Judges for the longlist are John Joseph Adams, Teri Lesesne, Laura McNeal, G. Neri and Eliot Schrefer. Finalists will be announced on October 14, with winners announced at a ceremony in New York City on November 18.

Who do you want to win? Sound off in the comments below!

* = middle grade titles nominated for the longlist
** = nonfiction titles nominated for the longlist

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