The National Book Awards are a set of annual U.S. literary awards with a mission to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America.
Meet the Epic Reads finalists in the Young People’s Literature category:
BONE GAP by Laura Ruby
Bone Gap is the story of Roza, a beautiful girl who is taken from a quiet midwestern town and imprisoned by a mysterious man, and Finn, the only witness, who cannot forgive himself for being unable to identify her kidnapper. As we follow them through their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures, acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.
NIMONA by Noelle Stevenson
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic based on the web comic by Noelle Stevenson. The art in Nimona is to die for, and you probably recognize the style – Noelle did the cover illustrations for Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell!
CHALLENGER DEEP by Neal Shusterman
Challenger Deep is a captivating and deeply personal novel about one teen’s experience with mental illness from New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman, whose son Brendan’s powerful drawings inspired many elements of the book.
Congratulations to all the authors who are up for awards!
The National Book Award winners will be announced at a ceremony in New York on November 18th.