February 17, 2018

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2014 National Book Award Finalists in the Young People Literature’s Category


The National Book Award finalists for the Young People’s Literature category were announced October 15, whittled down to five from last month’s announcement of ten contenders from the longlist. The longlists and finalists were each chosen by a panel of five writers and literary experts. This year, the list includes four prior National Book Award finalists: Eliot Schrefer in 2012 for Endangered (Scholastic); Steve Sheinkin in 2012 for BOMB (Roaring Brook); Deborah Wiles in 2005 for Each Little Bird That Sings (HMH); and Jacqueline Woodson in 2002 for Hush and in 2003 for Peace, Locomotion (both titles Penguin). The fifth finalist, John Corey Whaley, was a 2011 National Book Foundation 5 Under 35 honoree for his debut novel Where Things Come Back (Atheneum, 2011). The winners will be announced on November 19.

The five finalist titles are:

Steve SheinkinThe Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Roaring Brook)

John Corey Whaley, Noggin (S. & S.)

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic)

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin)

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened  (Scholastic)

For more SLJ coverage of the five titles read “SLJ Reviews and Interviews of 2014 National Book Award Longlist in the Young People’s Category.”