The 2014 Kirkus Prize finalists...

...have been announced.

The Young Readers' list is:

Picture Books:

The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus, by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Aviary Wonders Inc.: Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual, by Kate Samworth

Middle Grade:

El Deafo, by Cece Bell

The Key That Swallowed Joey Pigza, by Jack Gantos

Young Adult:

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim, by E.K. Johnston

The Freedom Summer Murders, by Don Mitchell

Click through to the WP for a list of other finalists, or to the official prize page for more information and a full list of nominees.