The National Book Foundation has announced the ten books being considered for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature.
Time to put these novels on your book clubs’ radar and guess the winner! The finalists will be revealed on October 4th followed by the winners on November 15. While you’re waiting to hear the results, be sure to check out the book that has remained on The New York Times best sellers list, The Hate U Give, a Black Lives Matter-inspired debut novel by Angie Thomas.
The Hate U Give centers around Starr Carter, a 16-year-old who juggles between the poor neighborhood she lives in and the upscale prep school she attends. After Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend, Khalil, her balance between worlds topples over entirely. Khalil, an unarmed victim of police brutality, gets labeled a “thug” in the media headlines. Everybody wants to know what truly happened that night, yet Starr is the only one who does. This gripping tale will hit the big screen with many of the cast members revealed, here.
The longlist for the 2017 National Book Award in Young People’s Literature is as follows:
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
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