National Book Awards Long List
A few days ago, the long listed titles for this year’s National Book Award Young People’s Literature category were unveiled. How does our monthly suggestions list compare? What are some common threads that you see?
Here’s a quick recap and description:
Out of the ten titles, Heavy Medal readers have strongly supported Boots on the Ground (nonfiction), Truth as Told by Mason Buttle (realistic fiction) and Journey of Little Charlie (historical fiction.) Poet X, a realistic verse novel for teens also received one suggestion.
We will discuss all of these very soon.
Three of the remaining six titles on the Long List are yet to be published and five are considered YA:
The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, heavily illustrated (wordless segments) by Eugene Yelchin will come out next week. This witty tale meant for middle grade readers of warring trolls & elves carries strong political critiques.
Releasing also next week is Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka, a graphic novel memoir, already lauded by many and some might consider it within the Newbery age bracket.
Readers of Heavy Medal would probably want to read these two titles so you can join in on the conversation later on.
In October, A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi will be published by HarperTeen. This is a hard-hitting tale set soon after 9/11, from the perspective of a 16-year-old Muslim girl.
We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss is a realistic YA novel, told through letters from the death row, recounting painful memories of abuse and tragic decisions.
Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough is a haunting verse historical fiction, based on the struggles and triumphs of Baroque woman artist Artemisia Gentileschi.
What the Night Sings by Vesper Stamper, with illustrations, is a historical fiction of a teen Holocaust survivor.
All have received critical praises for their literary achievements but most likely will not be discussed on this blog.
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About Roxanne Hsu Feldman
Roxanne Hsu Feldman is the Middle School (4th to 8th grade) Librarian at the Dalton School in New York City. She served on the 2002 and 2013 Newbery Committees. Roxanne was also a member of 2008-2009 Notable Books for Children, 2015 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and the 2017 Odyssey Award Committees. In 2016 Roxanne was one of the three judges for the Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards. You can reach her at at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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