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