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MattW
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Registered: ‎05-07-2007
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National Book Awards

In November, the National Book Award (NBA) winners were announced. Did anybody read the YA winner, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie? If so, what do you think? I thought it was a fantastic novel and well deserving of the prize. The other finalists were:

The Invention of Hugo Cabret
Touching Snow
Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One
Story of a Girl


Have you read any of the other ones, or do you have other books from 2007 that you'd wished were on the list?
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Lloydinadobler
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Re: National Book Awards

Center of the World by Andreas Steinhofel is a really good book
I dont know if the nominees are limited to books that came out in 2007 but either way it wasn't nominated
thats really the only teen book that i found really impressive lately
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Re: National Book Awards

I read the Sherman Alexie book and loved it. I enjoyed how you could be laughing one minute and crying the next. I found I had to read it slowly to get the full enjoyment, not like I normally do a first read. I will read it again over christmas break (school-librarian) because I want to recommend it to some of the Honor students. I also read the Invention of Hugo Cabret. That book was phenomenal. It looks intimidating but there are many WONDERFUL illustrations. Selznick used to illustrate Andrew Clements' books and he has a great style full of details that make the pictures seem to change each time you look at them. The wonderful thing about Hugo is that the pictures and the story are so enmeshed, you must pay attention to both to get the full story. The reader stays engaged, perfect for reluctant readers.
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