Young People’s Literature – 2011 National Book Award Finalists

Though I haven’t read any of these, it’s always good to know what’s getting praise, so here’s the National Book Award finalist. Sometimes I find these choices are hit and miss because they are chosen for import, politics or skill in writing – not story. Story and being compelling is more important to a good read than anything. 
Age Range: 10 – 14
The story of three Iñupiaq children (then known as Eskimos) living above the Arctic Circle who are sent to a Catholic boarding school with other children, white and Indian.
Age Range: 10 – 14
It’s 1968.
Age Range: 14 – 18
When her gay best friend is brutally beaten in contemporary Black Creek, N.C., a withdrawn teen tracks his assailant.
Age Range: 14 – 18
“I’ve confessed to everything and I’d like to be hanged. Now, if you please.”
Age Range: 9 – 12
An enlightening, poignant and unexpectedly funny novel in verse is rooted in the author’s childhood experiences.
FLESH AND BLOOD SO CHEAP The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy By Albert Marrin
Age Range: 12 – 18
The Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in 1911 resulted in the greatest loss of life in a New York City workplace until the 9/11 attacks nearly a century later.
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