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

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The Thing About Luck Juvenile Book 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 Teen Book 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 Teen Book 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 Teen Book 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 Juvenile Book 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 Teen Book 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 Juvenile Book 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 Teen Book 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 Juvenile Book 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 Juvenile Book 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




Okay for now Teen Book Okay for now

Schmidt, Gary D.
TEEN SCHMIDT

As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends, an abusive father, and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him until he finds an ally in Lil Spicer--a fiery young lady. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon's birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage.

2011 Finalist




My name is not easy Teen Book My name is not easy

Edwardson, Debby Dahl.
TEEN EDWARDS

Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

2011 Finalist




Flesh & blood so cheap : the Triangle fire and its legacy Teen Book Flesh & blood so cheap : the Triangle fire and its legacy

Marrin, Albert.
TEEN 974.7104 MARRIN

On March 25, 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory in New York City burst into flames. The factory was crowded. The doors were locked to ensure workers stay inside. One hundred forty-six people--mostly women--perished; it was one of the most lethal workplace fires in American history until September 11, 2001.

2011 Finalist




Chime Teen Book Chime

Billingsley, Franny, 1954-
TEEN BILLING

In the early twentieth century in Swampsea, seventeen-year-old Briony, who can see the spirits that haunt the marshes around their town, feels responsible for her twin sister's horrible injury until a young man enters their lives and exposes secrets that even Briony does not know about.

2011 Finalist




Mockingbird Juvenile Book Mockingbird

Erskine, Kathryn.
J ERSKINE

Ten-year-old Caitlin, who has Asperger's Syndrome, struggles to understand emotions, show empathy, and make friends at school, while at home she seeks closure by working on a project with her father.

2010 Winner




Dark water Teen Book Dark water

McNeal, Laura.
TEEN MCNEAL

Living in a cottage on her uncle's southern California avocado ranch since her parent's messy divorce, fifteen-year-old Pearl Dewitt meets and falls in love with an illegal migrant worker, and is trapped with him when wildfires approach his makeshift forest home.

2010 Finalist




Lockdown Teen Book Lockdown

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-
TEEN MYERS

Teenage Reese, serving time at a juvenile detention facility, gets a lesson in making it through hard times from an unlikely friend with a harrowing past.

2010 Finalist




One crazy summer Juvenile Book One crazy summer

Williams-Garcia, Rita.
J WILLIAM

In the summer of 1968, after travelling from Brooklyn to Oakland, California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.

2010 Finalist




Ship breaker Teen Book Ship breaker

Bacigalupi, Paolo.
TEEN BACIGAL

In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should strip the ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.

2010 Finalist




Homeless bird book Homeless bird

Whelan, Gloria.
eBOOK OVERDRI

When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's tradition or find the courage to oppose it.

2009 Winner




What I saw and how I lied Teen Book What I saw and how I lied

Blundell, Judy.
TEEN BLUNDEL

In 1947, with her jovial stepfather Joe back from the war and family life returning to normal, teenage Evie, smitten by the handsome young ex-GI who seems to have a secret hold on Joe, finds herself caught in a complicated web of lies whose devastating outcome change her life and that of her family forever.

2008 Winner




The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian Teen Book The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman, 1966-
TEEN ALEXIE

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

2007 Winner




The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy Juvenile Book The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy

Birdsall, Jeanne.
J BIRDSAL

While vacationing with their widowed father in the Berkshire Mountains, four lovable sisters, ages four through twelve, share adventures with a local boy, much to the dismay of his snobbish mother.

2005 Winner




The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation. Volume one. the pox party eAudio Book The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation. Volume one. the pox party

Anderson, M. T.
eAUDIO OVERDRI

Octavian Nothing is raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers. He and his mother are the only people in their household assigned names. Young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies, only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments.

2006 Winner




The canning season Teen Book The canning season

Horvath, Polly.
TEEN HORVATH

Thirteen-year-old Ratchet spends a summer in Maine with her eccentric great-aunts Tilly and Penpen, hearing strange stories from the past and encountering a variety of unusual and colorful characters.

2003 Winner




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