May 31, 2016

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Up to the Challenge: Neal Shusterman’s Journey to the National Book Award

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Lyrical, layered, and profoundly moving, Neal Shusterman’s National Book Award winning novel Challenger Deep is the story of Caden Bosch, a teenager who, as he begins spiraling into a psychotic episode, imagines himself on a ship bound for the deepest spot in the ocean.

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National Book Award, Part Deux: The SHORT List!

I didn’t want to hijack Sarah’s review of The Game of Love and Death, so this is a few days after the fact, meaning you’ve probably all seen the short list already. Surprises? Delights? Me, I’m surprised by the lack of X, and a little about Symphony for the City of the Dead, but two […]

Fuse #8 TV: Laura Ruby (Now a National Book Award longlist finalist!)

As I’m sure you all noticed, yesterday the National Book Award announced its shortlist for the Young People’s category.  A couple surprises there.  M.T. Anderson’s removal will come as a nasty shock to anyone who has read his book and the elimination of Shabazz/Magoon effectively turns the remaining writers into a pretty white fivesome. The […]

Fuse #8 TV: Laura Ruby (Now a National Book Award longlist finalist!)

As I’m sure you all noticed, yesterday the National Book Award announced its shortlist for the Young People’s category.  A couple surprises there.  M.T. Anderson’s removal will come as a nasty shock to anyone who has read his book and the elimination of Shabazz/Magoon effectively turns the remaining writers into a pretty white fivesome. The […]

Fusenews: Saving the Second Penny

The problem with this Fusenews feature is that if I don’t do them regularly then the news out there builds up, builds up, builds up, until there’s so much of it out there that I’m almost embarrassed to do anything with it.  Such is the case today!  And, as per usual, I’ll say that I’m […]

So how about that NBA longlist?

10 books. 6 YA, 2 nebulous, and only 2 middle grade. 7 of the recognized titles already on our own initial list. I’m pretty happy with this NBA longlist, I must say! I’m also pleased to see the 60/40 split in favor of female authors for a nice change of pace. It’s still way whiter […]

Winners Announced for IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service; Capstone Fellowship in Children’s Lit | News Bites

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In the latest News Bites, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced the recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service.

SLJ Reviews of the 2014 National Book Award Finalists in Young People’s Literature

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School Library Journal reviews of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category, as well as some relevant pieces from our bloggers and interviews with the authors.

National Book Award Finalists

National Book Award Finalists

And we have finalists! With yesterday’s announcement of the National Book Award Finalists in the Young People’s Literature category it’s really starting to feel like awards season. Last month, Karyn wrote about the longlist, observing that social conscience seemed to be a common thread among the nominees. Now that we’re down to five titles, her […]

2014 National Book Award Longlist Announced for Young People’s Literature

Recap: The National Book Award Finalists

Just announced: The 10 National Book Award long list for Young People’s Literature.

Fusenews: Hear the beat, of literary feet.

Fusenews: Hear the beat, of literary feet.

Hi ho.  Time to round-up what Jules and I have been up to over at our Wild Things blog (book promotion for bloggers means more blogging, you see).  Here’s the long and short of what you may have missed: Wacked out 1970s picture books. Maurice Sendak’s actual first book (and it’s not what you think). […]

Far Far Away: Once upon a time…

Far Far Away, Tom McNeal Knopf Books for Young Readers, July 2013 Reviewed from Final Copy It is perhaps the most polarizing title of the year. Love, hate, and debate about audience have all bubbled up around Tom McNeal’s Far Far Away. A National Book Award finalist, the novel also has five starred reviews and […]

Cynthia Kadohata’s ‘Thing About Luck’ Wins National Book Award for Kid Lit

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Last night, Cynthia Kadohata scored the 2013 National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category for her novel The Thing About Luck. About 700 members of America’s literati packed New York City’s Cipriani Ballroom for the gala ceremony, which featured remarks by E.L. Doctorow as well as Toni Morrison, who presented the Literarian Award to Dr. Maya Angelou.

Two Boys Kissing

Two Boys Kissing, David Levithan Alfred A. Knopf. August 2013 Reviewed from ARC Sometimes a book packs such an emotional whammy that every other aspect becomes irrelevant to 99.9% of the readers. Two Boys Kissing is seriously packing. Before I go any further, a disclaimer: I just read this for the first time last week. […]

The Long List

The Long List

Everyone’s seen the NBA long list, yes? Five titles are what I would consider firmly children’s and not within the Printz purview. Of the other five, four were on our own longlist the other day, have garnered several stars, and are the books people* are generally speaking about. (*people in this case=book people with a […]

10 Kid Lit Nominees Chosen for 2013 National Book Award

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The National Book Foundation has announced the 2013 Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award, the first time in history that a longlist of nominees will be presented for all four categories of awards: young people’s literature, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The finalists will be revealed on October 16, with the winners revealed at the awards ceremony on November 20.

Fusenews: You’re freaking me out, Colin!

Fusenews: You’re freaking me out, Colin!

I don’t think I’ll shock anyone out there when I reveal that I adore webcomic artist Kate Beaton’s work more than life itself.  This past Christmas my husband and I exchanged identical gifts that both turned out to be Hark, A Vagrant! calendars for the coming year.  The fact that I ever got a chance […]

Playaway Bookpack Program Launches; Educator Workshop at Serious Play Conference | News Bites

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Findaway World launches the Playaway Bookpack program, which features preloaded audiobooks and their print versions. There are currently more than 200 titles available for preschool through young adult readers. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting nominations for the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Book Foundation’s Up All Night online exhibit showcases National Book Award Winners and Finalists in Young People’s Literature. Educators interested in integrating educational games into the K-12 curriculum are invited to attend a one-day workshop on August 19 during the Serious Play Conference.

Fusenews: Dark fiddlers and ponymen

Looks like the National Book Awards are taking a page out of the Oscars’ handbook.  Which is to say, if people like nominees for awards so much, why not give them MORE nominees?  Says PW, “In an effort to broaden the reach and impact of the National Book Awards, the National Book Foundation will select […]

Mischief Maker: National Book Award–winner William Alexander has created a world of fun, fury, and astonishing possibilities

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Author Gary D. Schmidt interviews 2012 National Book Award–winner William Alexander.