I am sitting here at HIGH NOON so I can observe the exact moment when the National Book Awards Finalists for 2008 are announced. Excitement!!!
While we're waiting: just so you know, in the category of Young People's Literature, the illustrious judges are:
Daniel Handler (chair), Holly Black, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler and Cynthia Voigt.
And.....drumroll.......here is the announcement.....the nominees for Young People's Literature are.......
Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster)
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum)
Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic)
E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion)
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf)
To learn more, go to http://www.nationalbook.org/nba2008.html
Congrats to all the nominees! And especially to E. Lockhart, who is my awesome pal and wrote one of my fave books of all time, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks. Off to happy-dance now.