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

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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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Thing About Luck

Kadohata, Cynthia.

J KADOHAT

Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

2013 Winner


Boxers

Yang, Gene Luen, author, artist.

TEEN YANG

In China in 1898 bands of foreign missionaries and soldiers roam the countryside, bullying and robbing Chinese peasants. Little Bao has had enough: harnessing the powers of ancient Chinese gods, he recruits an army of Boxers--commoners trained in kung fu who fight to free China from "foreign devils."

2013 Finalist


Saints

Yang, Gene Luen, author, artist.

TEEN YANG

China, 1898. An unwanted fourth daughter, Four-Girl isn't even given a proper name by her family. She finds friendship and a name, Vibiana in the most unlikely of places: Christianity. But China is a dangerous place for Christians. The Boxer Rebellion is murdering Westerners and Chinese Christians alike. Torn between her nation and her Christian friends, Vibiana will have to decide where her true loyalties lie ... and whether she is willing to die for her faith.

2013 Finalist


Picture me gone

Rosoff, Meg, author.

TEEN ROSOFF

Twelve-year-old Mila travels with her father to upstate New York to visit friends and family, who may lead them to clues to the whereabouts of her father's best friend, who has gone missing.

2013 Finalist


The true blue scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

Appelt, Kathi, 1954-

J APPELT

Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J'miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

2013 Finalist


Far far away

McNeal, Tom.

TEEN MCNEAL

When Jeremy Johnson Johnson's strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

2013 Finalist


Goblin secrets

Alexander, William (William Joseph), 1976-

J ALEXAND

Hoping to find his lost brother, Rownie escapes the home of the witch Graba and joins a troupe of goblins who perform in Zombay, a city where humans are forbidden to wear masks and act in plays.

2012 Winner


Never fall down : a novel

McCormick, Patricia, 1956-

TEEN MCCORMI

Cambodian child soldier Arn Chorn-Pond defied the odds and used all of his courage and wits to survive the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge.

2012 Finalist


Bomb : the race to build-- and steal-- the world's most dangerous weapon

Sheinkin, Steve.

J 623.4511 SHEINKI

Recounts the scientific discoveries that enabled atom splitting, the military intelligence operations that occurred in rival countries, and the work of brilliant scientists hidden at Los Alamos.

2012 Finalist


Inside out & back again

Lai, Thanhha.

J LAI

Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles the life-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave Vietnam and resettle in Alabama.

2011 Winner


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