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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When her gay best friend is brutally beaten in contemporary Black Creek, N.C., a withdrawn teen tracks his assailant.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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Best YA Books You Probably Haven’t Read

RUBY HOLLER by Sharon Creech

THE HOUSE OF MANY WAYS by Diana Wynn Jones

THE MAGIC PUDDING by Norman Lindsey

TOMORROW, WHEN THE WAR BEGAN by John Marsden

MORTAL ENGINES by Phillip Reeves

PLAYING BEATIE BOW by Ruth Park

THE WILLOUGHBYS by Lois Lowry

* Check back on this one as I will be updating the list as I remember them. 

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