Probably the most excitement generated by the announcement of the National Book Award this year was their mistake in their listing of young adult literature finalists. Lauren Myracle’s book – Shine – about a gay teenager who is the victim of a hate crime made the list. Oops – the committee revealed later that the finalist was supposed to be Fran Billingsley’s tale of a teenage witch in Chime.
How do you mistake a Shine for a Chime? typo? It seems the committee creates the list verbally to maintain secrecy until the official announcement. Maybe they need an exercise in elocution – or spelling – C, as in Charlie; M, as in Mary…
Ironically, Shine is enjoying great sales from the inadvertent recognition – no publicity is bad. And, the National Book Award committee is compensating with a $5000 donation to a foundation for gay youth. But, they did remove Shine from their list.
The winner will be announced in November; the other four books nominated in this category:
- My Name Is Not Easy
- Inside Out and Back Again
- Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
- Okay for Now