Last week this year's National Book Award finalists were announced. The panel of judges for Young People's Literature -- comprised of chair Daniel Handler (better known as Lemony Snicket), Holly Black, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, and Cynthia Voigt -- have selected the following books:
Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Underneath by Kathi Appelt
What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell
The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Last year's winner was Sherman Alexie's intense but incredible Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (which then went on to win a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), so we're looking forward to seeing what wins this time around!