Finalists in the 27th annual Minnesota Book Awards...
The Young People's Literature list is:
Ambassador, by William Alexander
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
West of the Moon, by Margi Preus:
She is, as I've said, perfectly willing to lie, to cheat, and to steal. She's also not just willing, but UNFLINCHING, when it comes to using violence to protect not just herself, but HER STUFF. She's wonderfully contradictory: On one hand, she's a loving girl with empathy for others, but on the other, she doesn't allow that empathy to override her practicality.
The Witch’s Boy, by Kelly Barnhill
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