This resulted in Lauren Myracle being told, sorry--we'll keep your nomination; we'll just have six nominees this year instead of the usual five. Nice, right?
Wrong. Apparently NBF doesn't have a "no backsies" clause... they subsequently de-nominated her "to preserve the integrity of the award." (link goes to PW)
Lauren Myracle proved the rumor to be true--you know, the one that says she's made of sunshine, ticklish kittens, peace, love, and baby ducks--by withdrawing from the fray. YA readers and writers are turning out in support for her and her book, which, by the way, you should read (unless you're squeamish--it's an uncomfortable topic, to say the least).
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.
Want to read Shine? Here's your chance to win a copy.
All entrants must be older than 13 years of age. US only... I will be buying a hardcover copy of Shine from an independent bookstore and mailing it to the winner, so unfortunately I'm not going to be able to afford international shipping in this case. If you enter but you already have a copy of Shine, I will donate the hardcover to a public library of your choice (again, domestic shipping only!).
For 1 mandatory entry, leave a link in the comment section to an article/blog post you have read re: the NBF/Shine kerfuffle, preferably with your thoughts on the topic. DO NOT leave your email address in the comment--it WILL be deleted!
For additional, optional entries you can...
tweet with the hashtag #isupportshine as in
"@nationalbook Announcing #NBA11 Young People's Finalists, did you mean "Psych! jk nm lol"? @LaurenMyracle #isupportshine"You can be less snarky than me ;) just make sure you tweet @nationalbook and use the correct hashtag. Express disappointment/displeasure but on no account be uncivil. I reserve the right to disqualify inappropriately worded entries.
follow @LaurenMyracle on Twitter
and/or add Shine to your Goodreads shelf.
Good luck, and Shine on!
(Radiation Vibe performed by Hem)
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