The announcement of the ten titles on the longlist for the 2015 National Book Award for Young People's Literature has put me in a celebratory mood! First up, two VCFA writers are on the list! Kekla Magoon for X: A Novel (co-written with Malcolm X's daughter) and M.T. Anderson for Symphony for the City of the Dead!
Not only that, but delightfully charming and funny and lovable Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, which is a kick-ass and creative GRAPHIC novel!!! Also included is Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson, which is out next week--I'm a huge fan of Rae Carson's novels, and I have been waiting for years for this book. And Bone Gap, by Laura Ruby, which is totally sitting on my shelf at home waiting to be read.
I haven't read the other longlist picks, Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin, This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen, and Most Dangerous by Steve Sheinkin, but congrats to all of the titles! And can I just say--how awesome is the diversity and range of this list? I know we've got a really far ways to go when it comes to fair representation in children's, but I think this is an excellent step in the right direction!