The National Book Awards Long Lists are now being announced in various categories. These awards can go a long way toward bringing an author to the forefront, but they also strive to recognize great literary fiction. This week, the Young People’s Literary Long List was announced, and the books are so great, I don’t know how they’ll choose a winner.
If you’ve been reluctant to get into Young Adult fiction because of the hype, these books are a wonderful place to start. There are seasoned authors as well as debut authors here, but we hope to keep seeing more from all of them.
The long list includes:
THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson
GIRLS LIKE US by Gail Giles
SKINK-NO SURRENDER by Carl Hiaasen
GREENGLASS HOUSE by Kate Milford
THREATENED by Eliot Schrefer
THE PORT CHICAGO 50 by Steve Sheinkin
100 SIDEWAYS MILES by Andrew Smith
NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley
REVOLUTION by Deborah Wiles
BROWN GIRL DREAMING by Jacqueline Woodson