Kirkus Prize Finalists — Very different from National Book Award Long List

Kirkus Book Reviews announced the finalists for the Kirkus Prize for several categories today. The finalists for the young readers are:

EL DEAFO
by Cece Bell, illustrated by Cece Bell

THE RIGHT WORD: ROGET AND HIS THESAURUS
by Jen Bryant, illustrated by Melissa Sweet

THE KEY THAT SWALLOWED JOEY PIGZA
by Jack Gantos

THE STORY OF OWEN: DRAGON SLAYER OF TRONDHEIM
by E.K. Johnston

THE FREEDOM SUMMER MURDERS
by Don Mitchell

AVIARY WONDERS INC.: SPRING CATALOG AND INSTRUCTION MANUAL
by Kate Samworth, illustrated by Kate Samworth

Some observations:

  • Kirkus: 6 titles – NBA: 10 titles
  • Kirkus: 3 out of the 6 titles (50%) are NOT fiction and 1 more that is a mixture (lots of scientific information in an imagined environment) – NBA 2 out of 10 (20%) is NOT fiction with quite a few titles set against very realistic or historical backdrops.
  • Kirkus: All 6 titles are suitable for a sixth grader or younger – NBA, at least 3 titles pure YA and most are of interest to older readers.
  • Kirkus: 1 Graphic Novel – NBA no Graphic Novel

The two lists definitely complement each other!

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