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AWARD WINNERS: National Book Awards - Young People's Literature

The National Book Awards are to celebrate the best of American literature. For more information, visit: http://www.nationalbook.org/

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March. Book three

Lewis, John, 1940 February 21- author.

328.7309 LEWIS

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one of the key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today's world.

2016 Finalist

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The Sun Is Also a Star

Yoon, Nicola

TEEN YOON

Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

2016 Finalist

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When the sea turned to silver

Lin, Grace, author.

J LIN

Pinmei, a storyteller's granddaughter, must find the Luminous Stone that Lights the Night to rescue her grandmother, who has been kidnapped by the Tiger Emperor.

2016 Finalist

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Ghost

Reynolds, Jason, author.

J REYNOLD

Ghost, a naturally talented runner and troublemaker, is recruited for an elite middle school track team. He must stay on track, literally and figuratively, to reach his full potential.

2016 Finalist

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Raymie nightingale

DiCamillo, Kate, author.

J DICAMIL

Hoping that if she wins a local beauty pageant her father will come home, Raymie practices twirling a baton and performing good deeds as she is drawn into an unlikely friendship with a drama queen and a saboteur.

2016 Finalist

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Pax

Pennypacker, Sara, 1951-

J PENNYPA

After being forced to give up his pet fox Pax, a young boy named Peter decides to leave home and get his best friend back.

2016 Longlist

Book


Booked

Alexander, Kwame, author.

J ALEXAND

Twelve-year-old Nick loves soccer and hates books, but soon learns the power of words as he wrestles with problems at home, stands up to a bully, and tries to impress the girl of his dreams.

2016 Longlist

Book


Burn baby burn

Medina, Meg.

TEEN MEDINA

Nora Lopez is seventeen during the summer of 1977, when New York is besieged by arson, a massive blackout, and a serial killer named Son of Sam. Meg Media transports us to a time when tempers and temperatures ran high to share the story of a young woman who discovers that the greatest dangers are often closer than we like to admit.

2016 Longlist

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Sachiko : a Nagasaki bomb survivor's story

Stelson, Caren Barzelay, author.

This striking work of narrative nonfiction tells the true story of six-year-old Sachiko Yasui's survival of the Nagasaki atomic bomb on August 9, 1945 and the heartbreaking and lifelong aftermath. Having conducted extensive interviews with Sachiko Yasui, Caren Stelson shares the true story of a young girl who survived the atomic bomb and chronicles her long journey to find peace. This special book offers readers a remarkable new perspective on the final moments of World War II and their aftermath.

2016 Longlist

Book


When the moon was ours

McLemore, Anna-Marie, author.

TEEN MCLEMOR

To everyone who knows them, best friends Miel and Sam are as strange as they are inseparable. Roses grow out of Miel's wrist, and rumors say that she spilled out of a water tower when she was five. Sam is known for the moons he paints and hangs in the trees and for how little anyone knows about his life before he and his mother moved to town. But as odd as everyone considers Miel and Sam, even they stay away from the Bonner girls, four beautiful sisters rumored to be witches. Now they want the roses that grow from Miel's skin, convinced that their scent can make anyone fall in love. And they're willing to use every secret Miel has fought to protect to make sure she gives them up.

2016 Longlist

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Challenger deep

Shusterman, Neal, author.

TEEN SHUSTER

Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn.

2015 winner

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Bone Gap

Ruby, Laura, author.

TEEN RUBY

Eighteen-year-old Finn, an outsider in his quiet Midwestern town, is the only witness to the abduction of town favorite Roza, but his inability to distinguish between faces makes it difficult for him to help with the investigation, and subjects him to even more ridicule and bullying.

2015 finalist

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Most dangerous / Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War

Sheinkin, Steve.

TEEN 959.7043 SHEINKI

The story of Daniel Ellsberg and his decision to steal and publish secret documents about America's involvement in the Vietnam War.

2015 finalist

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Nimona

Stevenson, Noelle, author, illustrator.

TEEN STEVENS

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc.

2015 finalist

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The thing about jellyfish

Benjamin, Ali.

Twelve-year-old Suzy Swanson wades through her intense grief over the loss of her best friend by investigating the rare jellyfish she is convinced was responsible for her friend's death.

2015 finalist

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This side of wild : mutts, mares, and laughing dinosaurs

Paulsen, Gary.

Through his interactions with dogs, horses, birds, and more, Gary has been struck with the belief that animals know more than we may fathom. His understanding and admiration of animals is well known, and in This Side of Wild, which has taken a lifetime to write, he proves the ways in which they have taught him to be a better person.

2015 Nominee

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X : a novel

Shabazz, Ilyasah, author.

TEEN SHABAZZ

Co-written by Malcolm X's daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

2015 nominee

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Walk on Earth a Stranger

Carson, Rae

TEEN CARSON

A young woman with the magical ability to sense the presence of gold must flee her home, taking her on a sweeping and dangerous journey across Gold Rush-era America.

2015 nominee

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens agenda

Albertalli, Becky, author.

TEEN ALBERTA

Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.

2015 nominee

Book


Symphony for the city of the dead : Dmitri Shostakovich and the siege of Leningrad

Anderson, M. T., author.

TEEN 780.92 ANDERSO

An account of the Siege of Leningrad reveals the role played by Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich and his Leningrad Symphony in rallying and commemorating their fellow citizens.

2015 nominee

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Brown girl dreaming

Woodson, Jacqueline.

J 811.54 WOODSON

In vivid poems, Jacqueline Woodson shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

2014 Winner

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Threatened

Schrefer, Eliot, 1978- author.

TEEN SCHREFE

Luc is an orphan, living in debt slavery in Gabon, until he meets a Professor who claims to be studying chimpanzees, and they head off into the jungle--but when the Professor disappears, Luc has to fend for himself and join forces with the chimps to save their forest.

2014 Finalist

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The Port Chicago 50 : disaster, mutiny, and the fight for civil rights

Sheinkin, Steve.

TEEN 940.5453 SHEINKI

Presents an account of the 1944 civil rights protest involving hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who were unjustly charged with mutiny for refusing to work in unsafe conditions after the deadly Port Chicago explosion.

2014 Finalist

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Noggin

Whaley, John Corey.

TEEN WHALEY

After dying at age sixteen, Travis Coates' head was removed and frozen for five years before being attached to another body, and now the old Travis and the new must find a way to coexist while figuring out changes in his relationships.

2014 Finalist

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Revolution

Wiles, Deborah, author.

J WILES

It's 1964 in Greenwood, Mississippi, and Sunny's town is being invaded by people from up north who are coming to help people register to vote. Her personal life isn't much better, as a new stepmother, brother, and sister are crowding into her life, giving her little room to breathe.--From publisher description.

2014 Finalist

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