The final ballot for the 2008 Nebula awards has been announced, including the associated Andre Norton award for young adult SFF. The Andre Norton final ballot includes:
Graceling – Cashore, Kristin (Harcourt, Oct08)
Lamplighter – Cornish, D.M. (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 2, Putnam Juvenile, May08)
Savvy – Law, Ingrid (Dial, May08)
The Adoration of Jenna Fox – Pearson, Mary E. (Henry Holt and Company, Apr08)
Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room – Wilce, Ysabeau S. (Harcourt, Sep08)
Three of these books – Graceling, Savvy, and Lamplighter – were Cybils Fantasy and Science Fiction finalists.
Interestingly, two of the six books on the Nebula novel final ballot are also books that were published as young adult: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow, and Powers, by Ursula K. Le Guin. Does that mean that young adult books are now officially mainstream?
The only two of these that I’ve actually read are The Adoration of Jenna Fox, which was well written, but I didn’t connect with it, and Little Brother, which I loved. You can read my thoughts on both of them here. I’ve been wanting to read Graceling and Savvy, and this just gives me extra incentive!