2013 Longlist For National Book Foundation’s Young People’s Literature Award Announced

September 18, 2013

The National Book Foundation has announced their Longlist for the 2013 Young People’s Literature Award.  In order to be eligible for the Award, a book must be written by an American citizen and published by an American publisher between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. Self-published books are only eligible if the author/publisher publishes the work of other authors in addition to his own.

This year’s judges are Deb Caletti, Cecil Castellucci, Peter Glassman, E. Lockhart, and Lisa Von Drasek. Finalists will be announced on Wednesday, October 16th and winners will be announced at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on Wednesday, November 20th where each Winner receives $10,000 and a bronze sculpture. The night before the Awards, each Finalist receives a prize of $1,000, a medal, and a citation from the panel at a private Medal Ceremony. Immediately following the Medal Ceremony, all twenty Finalists read from their nominated books at the Finalists Reading.

The Longlist:
(Click on the title to place a hold on the book)

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Twelve-year-old Chap Brayburn, ancient Sugar Man, and his raccoon-brother Swamp Scouts Bingo and J’miah try to save Bayou Tourterelle from feral pigs Clydine and Buzzie, greedy Sunny Boy Beaucoup, and world-class alligator wrestler and would-be land developer Jaeger Stitch.

Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCamillo
Flora saves the squirrel Ulysses from a vacuum cleaner, but the accident has given Ulysses superpowers.

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever.

The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Trães’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
Just when twelve-year-old Summer thinks nothing else can possibly go wrong in a year of bad luck, an emergency takes her parents to Japan, leaving Summer to care for her little brother while helping her grandmother cook and do laundry for harvest workers.

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
A chorus of men who died of AIDS observes and yearns to help a cross-section of today’s gay teens who navigate new love, long-term relationships, coming out, self-acceptance, and more in a society that has changed in many ways.

Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
When Jeremy Johnson Johnson’s strange ability to speak to the ghost of Jacob Grimm draws the interest of his classmate Ginger Boltinghouse, the two find themselves at the center of a series of disappearances in their hometown.

Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff  (releases Oct. 3rd)

The Real Boy by Anne Ursu  (releases Sept. 24th)

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang  (released Sept. 10th)