All week long, Paperback Paris will be covering the longlist for the 2017 National Book Awards.
Today’s NBA announcement unveils the contenders for the longlist for Young People’s Literature, which features Robin Benway, Elana K. Arnold, Samantha Mabry, Jason Reynolds and Angie Thomas. This year’s panel of judges for the Young People’s longlist include Suzanna Hermans, Brendan Kiely, Kekla Magoon, Meg Medina (Chair), and Alex Sanchez.
See which books made the cut, below, and come back tomorrow for the 2017 NBA longlist for Poetry.
Be sure to tune in October 4, when the shortlists will be announced.
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Elana K. Arnold, What Girls Are Made Of
Synopsis: When Nina Faye was fourteen, her mother told her there was no such thing as unconditional love. Nina believed her. Now she’ll do anything for the boy she loves, to prove she’s worthy of him. But when he breaks up with her, Nina is lost. What is she if not a girlfriend? What is she made of? Broken-hearted, Nina tries to figure out what the conditions of love are.