National Book Award winners announced


The finalists for the 2013 National Book Award prize for Young People’s Literature were chosen this week.  The National Book Awards began in 1950 and have since been regarded as a mark of literary excellence.  The prize is awarded annually to the best of American literature, chosen by a selected panel of literary judges.  The finalists are as follows:

  • Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck (Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster)
  • Tom McNeal, Far Far Away (Alfred A. Knopf/Random House)
  • Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Group USA)
  • Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints (First Second/Macmillan)

Semifinalists include:

  • Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures (Candlewick Press)
  • Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots (Philomel, A division of Penguin Group USA)
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
  • David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing (Knopf Books for Young Readers/Random House)
  • Anne Ursu, The Real Boy (Walden Pond Press/an Imprint HarperCollinsPublishers)

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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