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The 10 books in the running for the National Book Award for young people’s literature

Angie Thomas was born, raised, and still resides in Jackson, Mississippi. She is a former teen rappe
Angie Thomas, author of “The Hate U Give.”
(Anissa Hidouk / Anissa Photography)

On Tuesday the National Book Foundation announced the longlist for its prize in young people’s literature. The 10 finalists include a bestseller — “The Hate U Give” author Angie Thomas — Los Angeles writer Robin Benway, and two previous National Book Award finalists — Jason Reynolds and Rita Williams-Garcia.

Here is the complete list:

“What Girls Are Made Of” by Elana K. Arnold Published by Carolrhoda Lab / Lerner Publishing Group

“Far From the Tree” by Robin Benway Published by HarperTeen / HarperCollins Publishers

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“All the Wind in the World” by Samantha Mabry Published by Algonquin Young Readers / Workman Publishing Company

“You Bring the Distant Near” by Mitali Perkins Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Young Readers / Macmillan Publishers

“Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds Published by Atheneum / Caitlyn Dlouhy Books / Simon & Schuster

“I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter” by Erika L. Sánchez Published by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers / Penguin Random House

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“Orphan Island” by Laurel Snyder Published by Walden Pond Press / HarperCollins Publishers

“The Hate U Give” by Angie Thomas Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

“Clayton Byrd Goes Underground” by Rita Williams-Garcia Published by Amistad / HarperCollins Publishers

“American Street” by Ibi Zoboi Published by Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins Publishers

The announcement was the first in a series that will continue this week. The longlist for poetry will be announced on Wednesday, nonfiction on Thursday and fiction on Friday.

Finalists for all categories will be announced October 4; the gala celebrating the winners takes place Nov. 15 in New York.

carolyn.kellogg@latimes.com

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