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2014 National Book Award in Young People's Literature Longlist Announced

The long list for the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category was announced this morning. The list of 10 titles represent a range of genres: from fantasy, memoir and mystery, to nonfiction and science fiction

Laurie Halse Anderson, The Impossible Knife of Memory  (Viking/Penguin)

Gail Giles, Girls Like Us (Candlewick Press)

Carl Hiaasen, Skink—No Surrender (Random House)

Kate Milford, Greenglass House (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Eliot Schrefer, Threatened (Scholastic)

Steve Sheinkin, The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights (Macmillan)

Andrew Smith, 100 Sideways Miles (Simon & Schuster)

John Corey Whaley, Noggin (Simon & Schuster)

Deborah Wiles, Revolution: The Sixties Trilogy, Book Two (Scholastic)

Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming (Penguin)

The list of finalists will be released October 15 and the winner will be announced at a November 19 ceremony in New York City.

Pets Add Life Poetry Contest

If you're a teacher or parent with a child in grades 3rd-8th, enter them in the 7th annual Children's Poetry Contest for a chance to win: - A $1,000 scholarship for each winning student's classroom - A $250 gift certificate for pet products - A "by-line" in a nationally circulated magazine or online outlet Six students nationwide will win and we have made it as easy as possible to enter! Kids simply need to write a poem about a pet and the joys they bring, and post it online at (mailed in entries are also accepted). The deadline to enter is January 31, 2015.