National Book Award Finalists for Young Adult Lit

Get ready for the announcement of the winner of this $10,000 prize on Nov. 18. A roundup from The Washington Post:
  1. "Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War," by Steve Sheinkin (Ages 11-14)
    The story of Ellsberg’s controversial decision to leak the Pentagon Papers to the press. Sheinkin explores the consequences of that action on the Vietnam War, the presidencies of Johnson and Nixon and the attitude of the American public toward its elected officials.
  2. "The Thing about Jellyfish," by Ali Benjamin (12 and up)
    When science-obsessed Suzy Swanson learns that her friend Franny has drowned, she refuses to accept the explanation that “sometimes things just happen.” She begins to research possible causes, including the sting of a small, deadly jellyfish.
  3. "Bone Gap," by Laura Ruby (14 and up)
    In this strange, gorgeous story, a mysterious young woman is kidnapped, and Finn, the only witness to the crime, sets out to rescue her.
  4. "Challenger Deep," by Caden Bosch (14 and up)
    Caden is losing his hold on reality as he toggles between two narratives: One about his paranoia and subsequent hospitalization; the other about his adventures on a pirate ship. A compassionate, haunting portrait of a schizophrenic teenager.
  5. "Nimona," by Noelle Stevenson (13 and up)
    In this graphic novel, Nimona, a teenage shapeshifter, joins forces with the kingdom’s supervillain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, to take on Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, defender of the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics.