This week we’re celebrating the National Book Awards by quoting from books that have been finalists for the Award for Young People’s Literature. Below are some of my favorites from the past few years. What are your favorite National Book Award finalists?
“Noggin” by John Corey Whaley
But in that moment I understood what they say about nostalgia, that no matter if you’re thinking of something good or bad, it always leaves you a little emptier afterward.
“Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson
Then I let the stories live
inside my head, again and again
until the real world fades back
into cricket lullabies
and my own dreams.
“Picture Me Gone” by Meg Rosoff
I will not always be happy, but perhaps, if I’m lucky, I will be spared the agony of adding pain to the world
“Goblin Secrets” by William Alexander
Our selves are are rough and unrehearsed tales we tell the world.
“Out of Reach” by Carrie Arcos
The funny thing about a lie is that once it has been said and believed, it lives and becomes. It can’t be taken back. It sucks all the air from you until you give up and it takes over and you forget how to breathe on your own. It is like those parasitic relationships, but not like the shark and the little remora that politely cleans the shark’s skin and sometimes attaches itself to its underbelly. No, it is more like a tapeworm eating someone from the inside out.