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National Book Award Finalists Announced

on October 13, 2011

The National Book Award Finalists for Young People’s Literature have been announced. I am thrilled to see both Debby Dahl Edwardson and Lauren Myracle on the list! Debby was in my class at Vermont College of Fine Arts Writing for Children, and Lauren Myracle, also a Vermont College Grad, was our first semester TA!

The finalists are:

 “Okay for Now” by Gary D. Schmidt, published by Clarion Books

“Chime” by Frannie Billingsley, published by Dial Books

“Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and its Legacy” by Albert Marrin, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers

“Inside Out and Back Again” by Thanhha Lai, published by HarperCollins

“My Name is Not Easy” by Debby Dahl Edwardson, published by Marshall Cavendish Corp

“Shine” by Lauren Myracle, published by Amulet Books


Edited (October 18, 2011)  Lauren Myracle has withdrawn her book, Shine,  from the National Book Awards: “In a statement issued by her publisher, Myracle wrote that she “was asked to withdraw by the National Book Foundation to preserve the integrity of the award and the judges’ work.”  Via the LA Times Arts Beat blog. Also via the LA Times: “The National Book Foundation regrets that an error was made in the original announcement of the Finalists for the 2011 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature and apologizes for any confusion and hurt it may have caused Lauren Myracle,” it said in a statement. “At her suggestion we will be pleased to make a $5,000 donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation in her name.”

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