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17 November 2009 @ 03:05 pm
Andre Norton Award  
Last year, not a single book was added by SFWA members to the Andre Norton Award ballot--every book was added by the jury. Which is what the jury is there for, and I'm glad, but even so ... this is the first year the Nebulas (and, by extension, the Norton) are operating under new rules, and the nomination period has just opened. And I'd love to see us turn the Norton into an active, seriously contested award this year.

With that in mind, YA and/or middle grade fantasy and SF books I've read and dug that seem to be eligible for the Andre Norton Award include (books nominated from July 2008 through to the end of 2009 qualify this year):

- Fire, by Kristin Cashore
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
- Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
- Dark Whispers, by Bruce Coville
- Sacred Scars, by Kathleen Duey
- Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst
- The Dust of 100 Dogs, by A.S. King
- The Dragon of Trelian, by Michelle Knudsen
- The Carbon Diaries 2015, by Saci Lloyd
- Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce
- The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan
- Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner
- When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
- The Immortal Fire, by Anne Ursu
- Dragon's Heart, by Jane Yolen

To-be-read-in-the-next-few-weeks books that also look to be serious contenders: Candor by Pam Bachorz, The Dragon Heir by Cinda Chima, The Maze Runner by James Dashner & Ash by Malinda Lo.

This is not at all an inclusive list, since I often get to books more than a year after their pub dates, but ... on your blog (or here, if you don't have one), share your lists of Norton-eligible books you've read that you think SFWAns should know about. At the very least, we'll all gain an extended reading list filled with books to look for, right?

ETA: For a much longer list of Norton eligible books (through to October '09, anyway), check out the SF/Fantasy Cybil nominations. (With thanks to Charlotte's Library for the reminder.)
Samantha Hendersonsamhenderson on November 17th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
I had forgotten Bones was still eligible!
Thanks for the reminder.
BookWenchqueenbookwench on November 17th, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)
Can something be eligible if it was first published in the US this year, but was published earlier in another country?

I'm thinking specifically of Zenith, by Julie Bertagna, which was excellent, but published earlier in Britain.

Here are some YA/middle grade things I've liked that were published this year:

Highway to Hell by Rosemary Clement-Moore
The Hotel Under the Sand by Kage Baker
Beka Cooper: Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce
The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson (this is only very slightly a fantasy, but there is one definite fantastic element)
Any Which Wall by Laurel Snyder
The Dragon Heir by Cinda Chima
Being Nikki by Meg Cabot (has some SF elements)
Mothstorm by Philip Reeve
The Roar by Emma Clayton
The Well Between the Worlds by Sam Llewellyn

Hope this helps!
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on November 18th, 2009 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oooh--I've been meaning to get to The Dragon Heir, but somehow had that in mind as having been published earlier--but of course not. So thanks for that!

Can something be eligible if it was first published in the US this year, but was published earlier in another country?

That's a good question -- sartorias?

I know that unlike the adult Nebula Awards, non-U.S. publications are eligible, but I don't know where the clock starts if they also have U.S. editions.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on November 20th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
Okay, finally got an answer.

A work has one year of eligibility from its first appearance in English, no matter what country it first appears in.
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on November 20th, 2009 04:05 am (UTC)
Thanks for checking on this!
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on November 20th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
An answer on the U.S. publication question. (Short version: the clock starts ticking with first publication in English.)
~twilight~_twilight_ on November 18th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
"Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner"
I heard that the author has a pretty cool blog.
badgerbagbadgerbag on November 18th, 2009 01:59 am (UTC)
Liar - Justine Larbalestier
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on November 18th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Are there fantasy/SF elements in that one?

It is on my to-read list, regardless! :-)
badgerbagbadgerbag on November 18th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
The Muse, Amused: burn notice - spy buddy lovepenmage on December 6th, 2009 01:07 am (UTC)
Interestingly enough, for the Cybils nomination, Justine requested that Liar land on the YA list rather than the SFF YA list.
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on December 6th, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)
For the Norton, the author doesn't get to decide. :-) (Though if they felt truly strongly, I suppose they could decline the award.)
a_is_for_amy: gargoyle thinkinga_is_for_amy on November 18th, 2009 02:01 am (UTC)
I just finished Fire by Kristin Cashore, and while I really enjoyed it (having devoured Graceling in just a few hours), I don't know if would agree that it is suitable for middle-grade readers. There are themes of rape, sadism, murder and suicide that I think are a bit heavy for pre and early teens. That's just my opinion, but as the mother of pre-teen boy who loves sci-fi and fantasy, I would hesitate to recommend it to him for a couple of years, yet.

I can't say much about the rest, as I haven't had time to really read any but Bones of Faerie, which I have read several times, and would never hesitate to give to any kids from fourth grade and up.

I'll have to make time to read the others, soon!
some guy named Larrylnhammer on November 18th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
Fire is definitely YA and not middle grade, as is The Dust of 100 Dogs, but the award is slanted towards teens so that's not really a problem.

Rachel M Brownrachelmanija on November 18th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Despite the father leaving his baby daughter out to be eaten by wild animals, and the wild animals indeed eating the baby?

I'm not being sarcastic. I'm genuinely curious as to why you feel that's not too heavy, but Fire (which I haven't read) is. There was a whole discussion on my LJ a while back about what ages Bones of Faerie was appropriate for, given that kids differ.

ETA: I can't believe I'm still stuck on "Dude! They ate the baby!" I guess that was memorable!

Edited at 2009-11-18 04:07 am (UTC)
a_is_for_amya_is_for_amy on November 18th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Good point...the baby in question still had a form (ghostly though it was), and had a somewhat happy ending. I suppose that softened the impact of it for me.

I work in an elementary school and have kids around that age, so I used my own experience with what I think my own children could handle. My children are gifted, so they may not be the best measuring stick for the average reader, but with all of the media out there, eaten by wild animals (sadly) seems somewhat tame for most kids in the upper elementary grades.
Janni Lee Simner: Bones of Faerie leafjanni on November 18th, 2009 03:04 pm (UTC)
This discussion is fascinating to me, because I've noticed a huge range in where folks put the age of Bones--everywhere from fourth grade and up to ninth or tenth grade and up. I'm no longer sure what the right answer is (or that there is one), but it's definitely brought home to me that different readers read, well, differently.

I know when parents ask me if the book is right for their younger kids, I tell them to read the first two pages, then decide based on what they know of their children. (Kids are less worried about such things--I think they instinctively pick books up, start reading, and put them down if they don't want the story they find there, so it's usually the adults asking.)
Janni Lee Simner: Bones of Faerie leafjanni on November 18th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
Bones of Faerie, which I have read several times

This, of course, makes me very happy. :-)
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on December 6th, 2009 02:59 am (UTC)
Having now read it, yeah, Fire is definitely older YA. (As such, loved it!)
Rachel M Brown: Book Fixrachelmanija on November 18th, 2009 04:06 am (UTC)
Is Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia eligible, or would it have been eligible last year?

Also possibly City of Fire (City Trilogy) by Laurence Yep. I just got a copy of this, but haven't had a chance to read it yet.
some guy named Larrylnhammer on November 18th, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
Silver Phoenix is indeed eligible. And worth noting.

charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com on December 2nd, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
A long list of eligible books

Hi all,

If you are looking for a list of books that are (almost all) eligible for the Norton Award, here are the long lists of the c. 250 books nominated for the Cybils Awards in science fiction and fantasy (split into Middle Grade and Young Adult:


I say almost all because, although this year's Cybils only looks at books published from October 2008 to October 2009, any book that has been published in the US in that time, and has never been in Cybils contention before, is eligible (regardless of whether it was published elsewhere)...
charlotteslibrary.blogspot.com on December 2nd, 2009 04:18 pm (UTC)
Re: A long list of eligible books
is eligible for the Cybils, I mean, not the Norton. So there are books on the Cybils list that aren't eligible for the Norton.
Janni Lee Simnerjanni on December 5th, 2009 11:16 pm (UTC)
Re: A long list of eligible books
This is an excellent point--didn't even think of the Cybil's list. Will link to it now--thanks!
The Muse, Amused: reading pigeonpenmage on December 6th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Have you read Give Up the Ghost by Megan Crewe? I wasn't impressed by the plot synopsis, but the book is wonderful. It's exactly what a supernatural YA should be, and handles some difficult subject matter with a surprisingly sensitive hand.
Janni Lee Simner: bookshelfjanni on December 6th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
I haven't read this! It's been on my radar, but hadn't gotten around to looking closer--will try to do so, now. :-)