Free Samples of the NBA’s Young People’s Literature Longlist

By Jason Boog Comment

The National Book Foundation has revealed its first ever Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award (NBA).

Below, we’ve collected free samples of all the books on the longlist for your reading pleasure. The finalists will be announced on October 16. Here’s more from the release:

Among this year’s Longlist for Young People’s Literature are three National Book Award Finalists, two Newbery Medal winners, a Newbery Honor Book, and two Michael L. Printz Award winners. The ten novels that comprise the Longlist address important contemporary issues, including the immigrant experience, coming of age as an LGBT teen, and the impact of technology on civilization. China’s 1898 Boxer Rebellion, futuristic Brazil, and the Louisiana Bayou are just some of the novels’ imaginative settings, and the protagonists range from ordinary children to creatures with extraordinary powers.

2013 Longlist for Young People’s Literature:

Kathi Appelt, The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

Kate DiCamillo, Flora and Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Candlewick Press

Lisa Graff, A Tangle of Knots
Philomel Books/Penguin Group (USA)

Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic

Cynthia Kadohata, The Thing About Luck
Atheneum Books for Young Readers/Simon & Schuster

David Levithan, Two Boys Kissing
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House

Tom McNeal, Far Far Away
Alfred A. Knopf/Random House

Meg Rosoff, Picture Me Gone
G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Group (USA)

Anne Ursu, The Real Boy
Walden Pond Press/HarperCollinsPublishers

Gene Luen Yang, Boxers & Saints
First Second/Macmillan