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Announcing the 2018 National Book Awards Young People’s Literature Longlist

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Rebecca Hussey


Rebecca holds a PhD in English and is a professor at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. She teaches courses in composition, literature, and the arts. When she’s not reading or grading papers, she’s hanging out with her husband and son and/or riding her bike and/or buying books. She can't get enough of reading and writing about books, so she writes the bookish newsletter "Reading Indie," focusing on small press books and translations. Newsletter: Reading Indie Twitter: @ofbooksandbikes

The 2018 National Book Awards longlist for Young People’s Literature has been announced!

Without further ado, here is the list:

Cover of The Poet X by Elizabeth AcevedoThe Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson and Eugene Yelchin

We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle by Leslie Connor

The Journey of Little Charlie by Christopher Paul Curtis

Hey, Kiddo by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

A Very Large Expanse of Sea coverA Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

Boots on the Ground: America’s War in Vietnam by Elizabeth Partridge

What the Night Sings Vesper Stamper



The finalists for Young People’s Literature will be announced on October 10th and the winner on November 14th at the National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner.

Boots on the Ground coverThis year’s judges include Robin Benway (Chair), Lamar Giles, Grace Worcester Greene, Valerie Koehler, and Mitali Perkins.

Any of your favorite books appear on this list? Any you think are missing?

Stay tuned for more announcements on longlists for translated literature, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction!