National Book Award 2015 Nominees: Young People’s Literature

As you may or may not know, this year the National Book Awards have paired with The New Yorker to exclusively reveal each of the ten book longlists  in the categories of Young People’s Literature, Poetry, Nonfiction, and Fiction.  The first of these, “Young People’s Literature” has been released and the surprise is seeing how many of the titles the five personal panel of judges selected are written not for children at all but young adults.  With the sole exceptions of Ali Benjamin’s The Thing About Jellyfish and Gary Paulsen’s This Side of Wild, all the titles listed for young people are for readers between the ages of 12-18.  Curious?  Check out some of these titles from the Evanston Public Library system by following the links below:

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  • Laura Ruby, Bone Gap (Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

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  • Ilyasah Shabazz, with Kekla Magoon, X: A Novel (Candlewick Press)

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  • Noelle Stevenson, Nimona (HarperTeen/HarperCollins Children’s Books)

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