(Dial Books) Briony Larkin is only 17 but she's already facing a world of trouble. She must keep the fact that she is a witch secret from the rest of the world, even as she battles the forces disrupting her village and threatening the health of her disabled identical twin sister. This fantasy story aimed at teens received praise from critics for its mysterious aura and for its wit.
5 finalists for the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature (with one title dropped)
It was apparently a mistake when they announced six titles this year instead of the usual five nominated for the National Book Award for Young People's Literature. But then, said Harold Augebraum, executive director of the National Book Foundation, "We decided that it was better to add a sixth one as an exception, because they're all good books." Which of these six finalists do you think will win the 2011 National Book Award for Young People's Literature on Nov. 17?
UPDATE: One of the six finalists – "Shine" by Lauren Myracle – was removed from the list of 2011 nominees on Oct. 17.
1. "Chime," by Franny Billingsley
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