National Book Award Finalists

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Winners will be announced at the 68th National Book Awards Ceremony and Benefit Dinner on November 15. The ceremony will be streamed via Facebook Live and also available at our website.

Elana K. ArnoldWhat Girls Are Made Of
Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group

Robin BenwayFar from the Tree
HarperTeen / HarperCollinsPublishers

Erika L. SánchezI Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

Rita Williams-Garcia, Clayton Byrd Goes Underground
Amistad / HarperCollinsPublishers

Ibi ZoboiAmerican Street
Balzer + Bray / HarperCollinsPublishers

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By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodiverse writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.