The National Book Awards have published a longlist for the first time, and here are the Young People's Literature contenders.
A couple of thoughts.
1. The Thing About Luck is shaping up to be one of those books that everyone else likes more than I do. At the same time, I can't argue with the idea that its characters, settings, and style are all distinguished. Probably theme too. But... so many combines.
2. The Real Boy! Great to get some vindication here, because I'm not seeing our love for this title reflected in the greater blogosphere or even review-journalosphere. (Except Colby Sharp, and his top choice did just fine last year.)
3. Glad to see Flora and Ulysses there too. Books that are not super serious and weighty don't get enough award love.
I haven't read Far, Far Away yet, so I guess I need to get on that. The more clearly YA titles will have to wait until January (my designated YA Reading Month).