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2012 National Book Awards Winner

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2012 National Book Awards Winner

http://www.teenreads.com/reviews/goblin-secretsOver the past few weeks, we have featured each National Book Award Finalist in anticipation of the announcement for the winner. On November 15th, the announcement was made! The winner is William Alexander for GOBLIN SECRETS!!!!

GOBLIN SECRETS by William Alexander

A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother.

In the town of Zombay, there is a witch named Graba who has clockwork chicken legs and moves her house around --- much like the fairy tale figure of Baba Yaga. Graba takes in stray children, and Rownie is the youngest boy in her household. Rownie’s only real relative is his older brother Rowan, who is an actor. But acting is outlawed in Zombay, and Rowan has disappeared.

Desperate to find him, Rownie joins up with a troupe of goblins who skirt the law to put on plays. But their plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan --- because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.

This accessible, atmospheric fantasy takes a gentle look at love, loss, and family while delivering a fast-paced adventure that is sure to satisfy.

 

There can be only one winner from these five finalists --- be sure to check them all out!

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer - Fiction

 

She isn't thrilled to follow her mother into the Congo to the bonobo sanctuary, but when the sanctuary is attacked she and the bonobos must depend on one another to survive.

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos -

How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home. A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.

Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal--the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin -

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. This is the story of the plotting, the risk-taking, the deceit, and genius that created the world's most formidable weapon. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

Never Fall Down by Patricia McCormick - Historical Fiction

When soldiers arrive at his hometown in Cambodia, Arn is just a kid, dancing to rock 'n' roll, hustling for spare change, and selling ice cream with his brother. But after the soldiers march the entire population into the countryside, his life is changed forever. Based on the true story of Arn Chorn-Pond, this is an achingly raw and powerful novel about a child of war who becomes a man of peace, from National Book Award finalist Patricia McCormick.

Goblin Secrets by William Alexander - Fantasy

 

A boy joins a theatrical troupe of goblins to find his missing brother, Rowan. But the goblin troupe's plays are not only for entertainment, and the masks they use are for more than make-believe. The goblins also want to find Rowan --- because Rowan might be the only person who can save the town from being flooded by a mighty river.