Longlist for the National Book Awards 2019: youth literature

This week, the New Yorker will announce the list of awards for the National Book Awards 2019. This morning we present the ten contenders in the Literature category of young people. Come back tomorrow morning for the translated literature.

Twenty years after Laurie Halse Anderson published her best-selling novel, "Parla", about a teenage girl who stops talking after being sexually assaulted, the author has written a memoir, "Grida", in where the teenage rape victim is herself. His new book, composed of poems, is a deeply personal account of pain and anger that also serves as an invitation to action – to end sexual violence.

"Shout", the only memorial on the long list of this year for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, is a personal showdown with the past, but many other fictional contenders and non-strenuous, dealing with traumas and triumphs of historical significance: "The Undefeated," Written by Kwame Alexander and illustrated by New Yorker the cover artist Kadir Nelson, on the life of blacks through the ages; "A Place to Belong", by Cynthia Kadohata, on a Japanese-American family deported after Pearl Harbor; and "1919: The Year that Changed America", by Martin Sandler, on the secular political crises that still resonate today. In 2013, Cynthia Kadohata won a National Book Award and five other authors on this year's long list were previously recognized by the National Book Foundation.

The complete list is below.

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson, "The Undefeated"
Versify / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Laurie Halse Anderson, "He shouted"
Viking books for young readers / Penguin Random House

Akwaeke Emezi, "Pet"
Make Me at World / Penguin Random House

Cynthia Kadohata, "A place to belong"
Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster

Jason Reynolds, "Look at both ways: a story told in ten blocks"
Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster

Randy Ribay, "Patron Saints of Nothing"
Kokila / Penguin random house

Laura Ruby, "Thirteen doors, wolves behind everyone"
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins publishers

Martin W. Sandler, "1919: the year that changed America"
Bloomsbury Children & # 39; s Books / Bloomsbury Publishing

Hal Schrieve, "Out of Sale"
Triangle Square / Seven Stories Press

Colleen AF Venable and Ellen T. Crenshaw, "Kiss number 8"
First Second Books / Macmillan Publishers

The judges for this year's category are An Na, the author of four novels, including "A Step from Heaven", a finalist for the National Book Award 2017; Elana K. Arnold, whose novel "What Girls Are Made Of" was a finalist for the National Book Award 2017; Kristen Gilligan, co-owner of the Tattered Cover Book Store, in Denver; Varian Johnson, author of "The Parker Inheritance" and member of the faculty of Vermont College of Fine Arts; and Deborah Taylor, a retired librarian and an adjunct professor of young adult literature at the University of Maryland.

An earlier version of this post had mistakenly identified Elana K.'s novel Arnold as a finalist for the 2017 National Book Award.


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