The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced the nominees for the 2011 Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy:
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsc
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
White Cat by Holly Black
This time around, I’ve heard of all these books except Hereville, and I’ve read Mockingjay and White Cat. I think A Conspiracy of Kings has a good shot at winning, only because so many people have raved about that series (I’ve only yet read the first book, The Thief).
Last year, I posted about the unusual circumstances surrounding the 2010 winner, The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, which had first been made available as a free ebook on the author’s website. That book will be available from Feiwel & Friends in May (and you can pre-order it now on Amazon). I’m still fascinated that a free ebook could rise to such heights, and in fact, we’ll soon be discussing the self-published ebook phenomenon here on the Spectacle.
Until then, which Norton nominees have you read? Which do you think will win?