Andre Norton Award

Last year, not a single book was added by SFWA members to the Andre Norton Award ballot–every book was added by the jury. Which is what the jury is there for, and I’m glad, but even so … this is the first year the Nebulas (and, by extension, the Norton) are operating under new rules, and the nomination period has just opened. And I’d love to see us turn the Norton into an active, seriously contested award this year.

With that in mind, YA and/or middle grade fantasy and SF books I’ve read and dug that seem to be eligible for the Andre Norton Award include (books nominated from July 2008 through to the end of 2009 qualify this year):

– Fire, by Kristin Cashore
– The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
– Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
– Dark Whispers, by Bruce Coville
– Sacred Scars, by Kathleen Duey
– Ice, by Sarah Beth Durst
– The Dust of 100 Dogs, by A.S. King
– The Dragon of Trelian, by Michelle Knudsen
– The Carbon Diaries 2015, by Saci Lloyd
– Bloodhound, by Tamora Pierce
– The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan
– Bones of Faerie, by Janni Lee Simner
– When You Reach Me, by Rebecca Stead
– The Immortal Fire, by Anne Ursu
– Dragon’s Heart, by Jane Yolen

To-be-read-in-the-next-few-weeks books that also look to be serious contenders: Candor by Pam Bachorz, The Dragon Heir by Cinda Chima, The Maze Runner by James Dashner & Ash by Malinda Lo.

This is not at all an inclusive list, since I often get to books more than a year after their pub dates, but … on your blog (or here, if you don’t have one), share your lists of Norton-eligible books you’ve read that you think SFWAns should know about. At the very least, we’ll all gain an extended reading list filled with books to look for, right?

ETA: For a much longer list of Norton eligible books (through to October ’09, anyway), check out the SF/Fantasy Cybil nominations. (With thanks to Charlotte’s Library for the reminder.)

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