The National Book Award This is a literary award given by an independent foundation. It is given to books in various categories, including books for "young people," which in practice means young adult or older middle grade.
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- 2016: March: Book Three, by John Lewis.
- 2015: Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman.
- 2014: Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.
- 2013: The Thing About Luck, by Cynthia Kadohata.
- 2012: Goblin Secrets, by William Alexander.
- 2011: Inside Out and Back Again, by Thanhha Lai. This was the year of the "6th nominee." Here are 2 articles about that, and a list of the other books nominated:
- Lauren Myracle and the National Book Award Fiasco: a concise explanation of what happened.
- The National Book Awards: A Judge's View: what happened from the POV of one of the judges.
- The other books:
- Chime, by Franny Billingsley.
- My Name Is Not Easy, by Debby Dahl Edwardson.
- Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy, by Albert Marrin.
- Shine, by Lauren Myracle.
- Okay for Now, by Gary D. Schmidit.
- 2010: Mockingbird, by Kathryn Erskine.
- 2009: Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice, by Phillip Hoose.
- 2008: What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell.
- 2007: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
- 2006: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. 1: The Pox Party, by M.T. Anderson.
- 2005: The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy, by Jeanne Birdsall.
- 2004: Godless, by Pete Hautman.
- 2003: The Canning Season, by Polly Horvath.
- 2002: The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer. From the judges' citation: "A futuristic adventure story about young Matteo Alacrán and his struggle to understand his own existence." (Also a Newbery Honor winner)
2004 Distinguished Contribution to American Letters Medal: Judy Blume. This was the first time this award, essentially a lifetime achievement award, was given to a children's or YA book author. The National Book Foundation cited her impact on American culture and her fight against censorship.
More information about the National Book Award: this links leads to the National Book Foundation site.
This page was compiled by Harold Underdown ( Google + Profile ) from information available on public websites.