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2012 National Book Award Finalists Announced!

You know how this goes. Since my wheelhouse is squarely K-6, I greet the annual announcement of the National Book Award finalists for Young People’s Literature with a mixture of excitement and complete ignorance. Typically, there are a couple on the list that I’m familiar with, and a few that reside in the YA world, of which I am generally an uninformed fool. This year I’m particularly out of my element. I’m currently reading (and enjoying!) Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, but that’s where my experience with these finalists ends. Who are they, you ask?

Click here for the 2012 National Book Award finalists.


About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Vicki Kouchnerkavich says:

    Our library owns none of the Young Adult titles. In checking our 80+ library cooperative some libraries have the titles, but they are not exactly flying off the shelves. Hmmm…..