One Writer’s Journey

October 15, 2018

National Book Awards: Finalists Announced

Filed under: Uncategorized — suebe @ 1:18 am
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Last week the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the National Book Awards, winners to be announced on November 14.  In the category of “Yound People’s Literature,” the nominees are:

Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X (Harper Teen). “Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.”

M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin, The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge (Candlewick Press). “”Uptight elfin historian Brangwain Spurge is on a mission: survive being catapulted across the mountains into goblin territory, deliver a priceless peace offering to their mysterious dark lord, and spy on the goblin kingdom — from which no elf has returned alive in more than a hundred years. Brangwain’s host, the goblin archivist Werfel, is delighted to show Brangwain around. They should be the best of friends, but a series of extraordinary double crosses, blunders, and cultural misunderstandings throws these two bumbling scholars into the middle of an international crisis that may spell death for them — and war for their nations. Witty mixed media illustrations show Brangwain’s furtive missives back to the elf kingdom, while Werfel’s determinedly unbiased narrative tells an entirely different story.” M.T. Anderson previously won prize in 2006 for The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing.

Leslie Connor, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle (Katherine Tegen Books). “As he grieves his best friend Benny’s death, Mason and his friend Calvin, who are targeted by the neighborhood bullies, create an underground haven for themselves, but when Calvin goes missing Mason finds himself in trouble.”

Christopher Paul Curtis, The Journey of Little Charlie (Scholastic Press). “When his poor sharecropper father is killed in an accident and leaves the family in debt, twelve-year-old Little Charlieagrees to accompany fearsome plantation overseer Cap’n Buck north in pursuit of people who have stolen from him; Cap’n Buck tells Little Charlie that his father’s debt will be cleared when the fugitives are captured, which seems like a good deal until Little Charlie comes face-to-face with the people he is chasing.”

Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Hey, Kiddo (Graphix). A graphic novel. “In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka’s teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett’s family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett’s life. His father is a mystery — Jarrett doesn’t know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents — two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along.”

National Book Award titles always feel like they’ve been pulled from the headlines.  Given that, I’m very curious about he Assassination of Brangwain Spurge which I’ve yet to read.  Now awaiting a copy from my library.  Pick some of these up and let me know what you think.

–SueBE

 

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