National Book Award

Where you surprised last week when the National Book Foundation announced the winners of the National Book Award?

The winner is Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai (Harper).  The other nominees included Chime by Franny Billingsley (Dial Books), My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson (Marshall Cavendish), Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy by Albert Marrin (Alfred A. Knopf), and Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt (Clarion Books).

I have one more book off the list to read.  I’d love to know what criteria the judges used to pick the winner.  The nominated books are so different from each other.

Which one would you have chosen?