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2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature

And the winner for Young People's Literature is . . . King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender!

Twelve-year-old Kingston James is sure his brother Khalid has turned into a dragonfly. When Khalid unexpectedly passed away, he shed what was his first skin for another to live down by the bayou in their small Louisiana town. Khalid still visits in dreams, and King must keep these secrets to himself as he watches grief transform his family.

It would be easier if King could talk with his best friend, Sandy Sanders. But just days before he died, Khalid told King to end their friendship, after overhearing a secret about Sandy — that he thinks he might be gay. “You don’t want anyone to think you’re gay too, do you?”

But when Sandy goes missing, sparking a town-wide search, and King finds his former best friend hiding in a tent in his backyard, he agrees to help Sandy escape from his abusive father, and the two begin an adventure as they build their own private paradise down by the bayou and among the dragonflies. As King’s friendship with Sandy is reignited, he’s forced to confront questions about himself and the reality of his brother’s death.

FINALISTS
King and the Dragonflies by Kacen Callender (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive, audiobook on Hoopla)
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Every Body Looking by Candice Iloh
When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson & Omar Mohamed (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
The Way Back by Gavriel Savit
LONGLIST
Lifting as We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (ebook & audiobook on Overdrive)
Apple (Skin to the Core) by Eric Gansworth
Trowbridge Road by Marcella Pixley (ebook on Overdrive)
How We Got to the Moon: The People, Technology, and Daring Feats of Science Behind Humanity's Greatest Adventure by John Rocco
Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas (audiobook on Overdrive)
 

See the winners in all categories on the National Book Awards website.

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