Great interview with one of the National Book Award finalists in the Young People's Category. (I refuse to call it the Children's Book category because they so seldom nominate any books for children of elementary school age for this award. -- They mainly nominate Young Adult and Middle School books.)
Debby Dahl Edwardson's new book nominated for the prize is My Name is Not Easy.
She was interviewed by Uma Krishnaswami on her blog, Writing with a Broken Tusk.
DEBBY DAHL EDWARDSON lives in Barrow, Alaska. Her first book, Blessing’s Bead, was a Booklist Top 10 First Novel for Youth, and a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection. For more information please visit Debby’s website.
Here is a list of all the finalists.
The winner of the award will be announced on November 16th at a huge Gala event with all the finalists invited.
Franny Billingsley ("Chime")
Debby Dahl Edwardson ("My Name Is Not Easy"),
Thanhha Lai ("Inside Out and Back Again"),
Albert Marrin ("Flesh and Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy"),
Lauren Myracle ("Shine")
Gary D. Schmidt ("Okay for Now")