Thursday, October 10, 2013

The National Book Award Long List- What Have You Read?

According to their website, "The mission of the National Book Foundation and the National Book Awards is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America." This year the long list of titles that are up for the award for young people's lit has just been announced and there are a TON of titles that we are excited to read. Take a look and see what's up for one of our country's biggest book prizes this year!

Descriptions from our catalog except when we have reviews linked.

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi 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.  

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
It begins, as the best superhero stories do, with a tragic accident that has unexpected consequences. The squirrel never saw the vacuum cleaner coming, but self-described cynic Flora Belle Buckman, who has read every issue of the comic book Terrible Things Can Happen to You!, is the just the right person to step in and save him.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever"--Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes. 

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares TrĂªs' matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die. 

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Summer knows that kouun means “good luck” in Japanese, and this year her family has none of it. Just when she thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong, an emergency whisks her parents away to Japan—right before harvest season. Summer figures the bad luck must be finished—but then it gets worse. And when that happens, Summer has to figure out how to change it herself, even if it means further displeasing Obaachan. Because it might be the only way to save her family.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
A novel told from the perspective of a generation of young men whose lives were cut short by AIDS? It sounds like it should heavy handed or preachy, but instead it's very light and airy. There is so much love coming from these all-seeing boys for the novel's main characters that it makes what would still have been a very sweet contemporary novel glow and turn into something very special. (see our full review here)

Far, Far Away by Tom McNeal
The ghost of Jacob Grimm has one more tale to tell before he moves on to the next plane of existence—the tale of Jeremy Johnson Johnson who can talk to ghosts, needs to find a way to save his home, and falls in love with a supercool girl named Ginger. An absent mother, a small town, and an outcast boy are just a few of the fairy tale elements you can expect from this book. (see more posts here)

Picture Me Gone by Meg 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.

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
A shy boy named Oscar who works as the hand to a powerful magic worker becomes the only person who can save his village from an evil monster

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang
In two volumes, Yang tells two parallel stories. The first is of Little Bao, a Chinese peasant boy whose village is abused and plundered by Westerners claiming the role of missionaries. Little Bao, inspired by visions of the Chinese gods, joins a violent uprising against the Western interlopers. Against all odds, their grass-roots rebellion is successful.
But in the second volume, Yang lays out the opposite side of the conflict. A girl whose village has no place for her is taken in by Christian missionaries and finds, for the first time, a home with them. As the Boxer Rebellion gains momentum, Vibiana must decide whether to abandon her Christian friends or to commit herself fully to Christianity.

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