National Book Awards

You guys may remember that last year I was a judge for the National Book Awards. Sherman Alexie’s excellent Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian won, and you should still check it out, and the rest of that year’s nominees too.

But we have a new crop for 2008, just announced this morning, and here they are:

Of these, I’ve only read The Disreputable History of Frankie-Landau Banks, which is totally and completely amazing. By E. Lockhart, it’s about a girl at a posh boarding school who infiltrates a secret boy’s-only club, wreaking havoc on their brains. You guys may see similarities between Frankie and the chaos-making heroes of So Yesterday. But it’s less about marketing and advertising, and more about boys vs. girls and rich vs. not-rich.

Emily (which is what the “E.” stands for) also wrote two other books I loved, Fly on the Wall and Dramarama. if you’ve ever been to a summer drama camp, you simply have to read that last one.

I highly recommend Disreputable History, and I’m sure all the other books on the list are awesome too. Our pal Holly Black was among the judges, as was Daniel Handler (aka Lemony Snicket), so you know those were some interesting conversations.

Anyway, here’s what to look for in your friendly neighborhood bookstore or library:

114 thoughts on “National Book Awards

  1. There is some tricky Midnighter business going on in my town. All the power it going out at exactly midnight for “system updating”.

  2. OMG Dess went and bought Bogus to Bubbly! I loathe her! Mwahahahahahahahahaha! I also dragged Melissa to the dance last night. Dess was home and Jonathen and Rex were “convienantly out of the country” for the day.

  3. I just finished reading Bogus to Bubbly, it is so awesome and icy i’m still all hyper, plus it has a preview of Leviathan in the back!!!

  4. he dedicated the book to all the people that commented on some of the certain posts, he listed the names so my name is written in the book (how cool is that)

  5. O_O this is what i get for not coming in in ages …
    bogus to bubbly betta get its butt into my library soon! COS IT’S STILL NOT THERE!

    Sonja-la u totally went and stole ma name. Until now I didn’t know anyone else with my name … 🙂

  6. I checked out Frankie-Landau Banks from the library, then checked out Peeps about three days later and forgot to read the first book(i’m an idiot for doing that…), so we took it back. And now, a few months later, I remember being stupid like that while reading YOUR blog. This is super ironic. XD

  7. I recently read The Disreputable History and it is absolutely AMAZING! I’m just mad I actually have to return it…. Anyway, some of the ways Frankie talks in the book are a bit addicing. I was totally mersed in the story. (And if you want to have a guess at what ‘merse’ means, read it.)

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