Novels You Wish a Teacher Would Assign

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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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