This year’s National Book Awards have been announced.

http://nationalbook.org/

 posted by Dr. Eliza Dresang

The winner for Young People’s Literature is Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

http://nationalbook.org/nba2012_ypl_alexander.html#.UKUaoIZ0bAw

 

Reviewers comments about Goblin Secrets

http://goblinsecrets.com/book.html

 

Also of great interest was the winner of the fiction award Louise Erdrich for The Round Table  books set in a North Dakota Ojibwe reservation. 

http://nationalbook.org/nba2012_f_erdrich.html#.UKUfwIZ0bAz

 

The protagonist is Joe, age 13, but this is not a children’s book. 

http://nationalbook.org/nba2012_f_erdrich.html#.UKUfwIZ0bAz

 

Quoted from the above website

“While his father, who is a tribal judge, endeavors to wrest justice from a situation that defies his efforts, Joe becomes frustrated with the official investigation and sets out with his trusted friends, Cappy, Zack, and Angus, to get some answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. And this is only the beginning.”

 

Erdrich has also written several outstanding children’s books based on research into her family history, set initially on an island in Lake Superior and taking place in the mid-19th century including The Birchbark House (a National Book Award Finalist in 1999) and its successors The Game of Silence, The Porcupine Year, and published this year, Chickadee.  

 

Erdrich has given a great gift to both adult and children’s literature by writing from and about her indigenous heritage. She also owns a Bookstore in Minnesota, Birchbark Books, an excellent independent bookstore. http://birchbarkbooks.com/

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