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Graphic novel makes 2013 National Book Award Longlist for Young People’s Literature


The National Book Award released its long-list for 2013’s Young People’s Literature Award. The list of 10 is an eclectic one, with protagonists ranging from a pair of raccoon brothers to a squirrel to an orphaned baker.  Here are the contenders:

The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt
Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures by Kate DiCammillo
A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadhota
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Far Far Away by Tom McNeal
Picture Me Gone by Meg Rosoff
The Real Boy by Anne Ursu
Boxer and Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Appelt and DiCammillo are not strangers to the Young People’s Literature list, but the stand out nominee may be 2006 finalist Gene Luen Yang for his two volume graphic novel Boxers and Saints, two tales of the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 China.

Finalists will be announced on October 16th.

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