Last week, the finalists for the National Book Award were announced. The finalists in “Young People’s Literature” are:
Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker (Little, Brown & Co.)
Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird (Philomel Books)
Laura McNeal, Dark Water (Alfred A. Knopf)
Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown (Amistad)
Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer (Amistad)
I thought it was interesting that two nominees are from the same publisher, Amistad. Ship Breaker and Mockingbird are both post-apocalyptic, and, as always, they all touch on some topic found in today’s headline news. So, which one would get your vote?