The nominees for the National Book Awards were announced yesterday, and I've listed the finalists in the Young People's Literature category, below. (Go to the National Book Foundation to see the others.)
Deborah Heiligman, Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith (Henry Holt)
Phillip Hoose, Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
David Small, Stitches (W. W. Norton & Co.)
Laini Taylor, Lips Touch: Three Times (Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic)
Rita Williams-Garcia, Jumped (HarperTeen/HarperCollins)
Three of the five books are nonfiction, and one of those, Stitches, is a graphic-novel memoir. There's been a mini-controversy about the inclusion of Stitches, not because it's a graphic novel but because it was published for the adult market. GalleyCat has the scoop, and Chasing Ray comments, too. So does Oz and Ends.
Winners will be announced at a shindig on Wednesday, November 18th.