‘Orphan Island,’ ‘Clayton Byrd’ nominated for National Book Award

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The two middle-grade novels are among 10 on a long list for the young people’s literature honor.

Rita Williams-Garcia’s “Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” and Laurel Snyder’s “Orphan Island” were among 10 books nominated Tuesday for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

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“Orphan Island” is the story of nine children who live on an island where one child mysteriously arrives and one child leaves every year. Snyder has written five other middle-grade novels and several picture books.

“Clayton Byrd” is about a boy who loves hanging out with his grand­father and other blues musicians. After Grandpa’s death, Clayton runs away in hopes of joining the band. ­Williams-Garcia has written 12 children’s books, including National Book Award finalist “One Crazy ­Summer.”

The two middle-grade novels joined eight young-adult works that are contenders for the National Book Foundation’s annual award. A panel of judges chose the 10 titles and will narrow this list down to five finalists by early October.

The foundation will announce a winner at November’s National Book Awards, which will also honor adult fiction, nonfiction and poetry books.

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The long list of nominated books:

●“All the Wind in the World” by Samantha Mabry

●“American Street” by Ibi Zoboi

●“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” by Rita Williams-Garcia

●“Far from the Tree” by Robin Benway

●“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas

●“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez

●“Long Way Down” Jason Reynolds

●“Orphan Island” by Laurel Snyder

●“What Girls Are Made of” by Elana K. Arnold

●“You Bring the Distant Near” by Mitali Perkins

— Christina Barron

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