Novels You Wish a Teacher Would Assign

The finalists for the National Book Awards were announced earlier this month.

On the list were Sherman Alexie, with his first book for young adults, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Also in the running are Kathleen Duey's Skin Hunger, a Resurrection of Magic, Book One, M. Sindy Felin's Touching Snow, Brian Selznick's The Invention of Hugo Cabret, and Sara Zarr's Story of a Girl.

High school student Amber Gibson explores the contenders and reveals her pick to take the top prize.

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