aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,
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Linda Sue Park's insights into the National Book Award

Linda Sue Park was on the National Book Award committee for YA. I found her insights fascinating:

* "The biggest faults? In my view, two main ones: 1) YA novels with weak story lines and protagonists whose whiny voices were indistinct from one another (LOTS of those); 2) Lackluster writing."

* "From 50 down to 20 was more difficult.... At this stage, I found that several titles I loved *while I was reading* faded from mind fairly quickly. I couldn't remember quite how the story developed, or I'd get a character from a book mixed up with one from a different book."



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