Friday, October 24, 2008


National Book Award Finalists:Young People's Literature

Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster)
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum)
Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic)
E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion)
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Knopf)

I'm sure a few of these titles will make their way to the finalist lists of the annual Mock Newbery/Caldecott/Prinz Award Election which is held in January in my System (WCFLS). I'd love to get a discussion going. Please comment!


librariane said...

It seems I need to get some reading done! I'll be back when I've read one or two.

kristinlade said...

I've read Disreputable History of Frankie Landau Banks by E. Lockhart, and LOVED IT. Imagine that in much bigger font. I loved the humor, the plot, the characterization. Great finalist choice. Our book club read it and I think the girls were really inspired by the character of Frankie. The girls I had read it were between 7th and 9th grade. I also suggested it for the Reading Specialist at the middle school and she's going to have her 8th grade girls read it.

I want to get started on Chains because I want to go hear Laurie Halse Anderson speak in Milwaukee this week. Anyone else going? Contact me if you are!!!

Kristin Pekoll