National Book Award Short List

National Book Award short listJust a quick heads up that the National Book Award long list has been chopped down to short lists.  I first saw this last week, and here is the list for Young People’s literature:
Far Far Away, Tom McNeal (Knopf Children’s)
The Thing About Luck, Cynthia Kadohata (Atheneum)
Boxers & Saints, Gene Luen Yang (First Second)
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp, Kathi Appelt (Atheneum)
Picture Me Gone, Meg Rosoff (Putnam Children’s)
The above list is organized in order of units sold as of the announcement.  Not entirely surprising, about 1/2 of the titles seem to be from Penguin Random House.  Face it.  They’re gigantic because they know what lots of people like and the NBA has always struck me as recognizing books from today’s headlines.
Read excepts of these and the selections from the other categories (fiction, nonfiction and poetry) by picking up your free ebook for each category at your favorite retailer.  Just search for “The Contenders: Excerpts from the 2012 National Book Award” and all four selections should come up.

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