Translation Rights  |  Sep 17, 2013

Anne Ursu makes the National Book Awards Young People’s Lit Longlist

Anne Ursu’s The Real Boy has been selected for the National Book Foundation’s 2013 Young People’s Literature Longlist for the National Book Award.

The award distinguishes the best books for young people to be published this year by an American writer. This year’s judges were Peter Glassman, E. Lockhart, Lisa Von Drasek, Deb Caletti and Cecil Castellucci.

This year’s Longlist includes National Book Award Finalists Tom McNeal and Kate Di Camillo, Newbery Medal winner Cynthia Kadohate, Newbery Honor Book Kathi Appelt, and Michael L. Printz Award winners Gene Luen Yang and Meg Rosoff. Finalists will be revealed on October 16.

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.

Anne Ursu is the author of several books for both children and adults. The Real Boy, her fifth book for young readers, is publishing this month from Walden Pond Press/HaperCollins Publishers in the US.