Congratulations to the Long List Contenders ~ Literature for Young People!

The Inspy Advisory Board and Judges are pleased to announce the long list contenders of the Literature for Young People Inspy!  The nominations are exceptional in caliber, but the Judges are up to the challenge narrowing the selection down to the top 5 for the Shortlist Judges.

And if you are interested in becoming a Judge for the Shortlists, please fill out the application here.  Applications are being accepted through March 31st and the Shortlist Judges will be announced on April 8th.

The 2011 recipient of the Literature for Young People Inspy was Saint Training by Elizabeth Fixmer.  According to the Shortlist Judges for 2011, Saint Training “is realistic in its examination of religion without stereotype or fundamentalist views. An inspiring read, relevant to young readers and a stand out in its genre. Mary Clare is very down to earth and anyone will be able to relate to her struggles.”  Written for the Middle Grades (ages 9-12); Mary Clare O’Brian thinks that her bargain with God – to become a saint if He’ll make her family happy – will result in a miracle.  Publisher’s Weekly said of Mary Clare O’Brian that “ Ingenuity, keen observational skills, and compassion grant this feisty protagonist growing insight into the complex choices faced by those she loves, as well as her own character and calling.”

This year’s list includes a wide range of novels for Middle Grades and Young Adult.  The best of luck to each of the nominees below!

*Torrent by Lisa Tawn Bergren  Changed to Speculative Fiction Category
Wreath by Judy Christie
With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo
Thundersnow by Sheila Hollinghead
Dead Man’s Hand by Eddie Jones
There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Crazy Dangerous by Andrew Klavan
Cake – Love, Chickens and a Taste of Peculiar by Joyce Magnin
Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee
The Embittered Ruby by Nicole O’Dell
The Shadowed Onyx by Nicole O’Dell
*Failstate by John W. Otte Changed to Speculative Fiction Category
Code of Silence by Tim Shoemaker
Addison Blakely: Confessions of a PK by Betsy St. Amant
Temptation: Solitary Tales No. 3 by Travis Thrasher
How to Save a Life by Sara Zarr

How many of the nominated books have you read? 

Do you have a favorite already?

Be sure to check back on April 15th when the Shortlists are announced!

*Listing in Final Category/Genre Subject to Change