Yesterday I posted a link to the National Book Award finalists, a list I thought included Shine by Lauren Myracle. This morning I read that Myracle, a popular author of young adult literature, has withdrawn from the shortlist. The New York Times article explains that Myracle was originally named to the shortlist for Shine, but soon after the announcement the National Book Foundation “reversed itself, saying that Ms. Myracle’s book was not meant be a finalist, but that it would stay on the shortlist anyway.” The article goes on to say that the foundation added Chime by Franny Billingsley to the list.
As if that isn’t awful enough for Myracle, she was then asked to withdraw – which she graciously did. The School Library Journal article about the unprecedented situation is here: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/892417-312/lauren_myracle_drops_out_of.html.csp
I ordered a copy of Shine today.