Sunday, October 9, 2016

The National Book Awards Short List Was Announced!

Here are the five books on the list - 

Ghost by Jason Reynolds.  The Teen Librarian here at Smith Public Library read this and said it is fantastic.  Aimed at a middle school crowd, it is the first book in a series called Track that focuses on kids on an elite middle school track team.  This one is all about Ghost - or Castle Crenshaw.

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MARCH Book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. This is the third - and final - volume in a series of Graphic Novels focused on the Civil Rights Movement, told through the perspective of civil rights leader and U.S. Congressman John Lewis.  Essential reading for grades 8 and up. I'm rooting for this one to win.

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo. I love everything this woman writes.  This is a book about loss and hope and friendship for middle grade (4th - 6th).

When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin. This is a companion book to two others that Lin has written that are based on Chinese folktales.  I loved Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Starry River of the Sky so I can only imagine that I will love this one also.  The reviewers say ages 9-12. 

The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon - I don't know much about this one except that it is a love story about Natasha and Daniel.  Natasha's Jamaican; Daniel is Korean and the book alternates between their viewpoints.  It won't be published until November 1st so I will have to wait until then to know more.  It is aimed at a Young Adult audience.

Has anyone read any of these books?  Who do you think will win?

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