National Book Award Young People’s Literature Winners

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The National Book Foundation awards books that are written by American citizens and published by American publishers between December 1 of the previous year and November 30 of the current year. The following list represents the winners from the Young People's Literature category.

Challenger Deep2015 Winner:
Challenger Deep
by Neal Shusterman

Brown Girl Dreaming2014 Winner:
Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
Also: Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

The Thing About Luck2013 Winner:
The Thing About Luck
by Cynthia Kadohata

Goblin Secrets2012 Winner:
Goblin Secrets
by William Alexander

Inside Out and Back Again2011 Winner:
Inside Out and Back Again
by Thanhha Lai
Also: New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2011

Mockingbird2010 Winner:
Mockingbird
by Kathryn Erskine
Also: New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing 2010

Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice2009 Winner:
Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
by Phillip Hoose

What I Saw and How I Lied2008 Winner:
What I Saw and How I Lied
by Judy Blundell

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian2007 Winner:
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie, illustrated by Ellen Forney
Also: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party2006 Winner:
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party
by M.T. Anderson

The Penderwicks2005 Winner:
The Penderwicks
by Jeanne Birdsall
Also: Sonlight Level C for Ages 7-9

Godless2004 Winner:
Godless
by Pete Hautman

The Canning Season2003 Winner:
The Canning Season
by Polly Horvath

The House of the Scorpion2002 Winner:
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer

True Believer2001 Winner:
True Believer
by Virginia Euwer Wolff

Homeless Bird2000 Winner:
Homeless Bird
by Gloria Whelan

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town1999 Winner:
When Zachary Beaver Came to Town
by Kimberly Willis Holt

Holes1998 Winner:
Holes
by Louis Sachar
Recommended Age: 9
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Dancing on the Edge1997 Winner:
Dancing on the Edge
by Han Nolan

Parrot in the Oven: Mi vida1996 Winner:
Parrot in the Oven: Mi vida
by Victor Martinez

Category: Award Winning

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