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National Book Award for Young People's Literature Winners

The National Book Award recognizes outstanding works by U.S. citizens. Check out this list of winners from the young people's lit category!
 
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The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy
by Jeanne Birdsall
This summer the Penderwick sisters have a wonderful surprise: a holiday on the grounds of a beautiful estate called Arundel. Soon they are busy discovering the summertime magic of Arundel's sprawling gardens, treasure-filled attic, tame rabbits, and the cook who makes the best gingerbread in Massachusetts.
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Holes
by Louis Sachar

This winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award features Stanley Yelnats, a kid who is under a curse. A curse that began with his no-good-dirty-rotten-pig-stealing-great-great-grandfather and has since followed generations of Yelnats.

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What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell

This National Book Award winner set during the aftermath of WWII is now available in paperback!

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Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine

Caitlin is a bright fifth grader and a gifted artist. She also has Asperger's syndrome, and lives in a world of her own. Her brother, Devon, was the one who always helped her get by. But a middle-school shooting took his life.

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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party
by M. T. Anderson

Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age 16, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War.

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Inside Out & Back Again
by Thanhha Lai

Winner of the 2011 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature

Based on the author's own childhood and written in free-verse poems, this unforgettable story captures a fierce girl's struggles to find her place in her family, in her new home, and in the world.

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Godless
by Pete Hautman
Sixteen-year-old Jason Bock doesn't believe in God, at least not the Christian god his parents raised him to believe in. He decides to worship a new god: the town's water tower. Jason thinks starting a new religion is fun--until his friends take it too far
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Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan

"Leaving Home...forever. "

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When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
by Kimberly Willis Holt

Nothing ever happens in Toby's small Texas town. Nothing much, that is, until this summer.

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Dancing on the Edge
by Han Nolan

Miracle McCloy is the child of a talented dancer, who died in childbirth, and a brilliant, reclusive novelist. Raised by her grandmother Gigi, a psychic, Miracle becomes a dancer herself, and a loner who believes in mystical spirits and auras. Then her father disappears.

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