- Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Little, Brown & Company)
- Kathleen Duey, Skin Hunger: A Resurrection of Magic, Book One(Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
- M. Sindy Felin, Touching Snow (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
- Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret (Scholastic Press)
- Sara Zarr, Story of a Girl (Little, Brown & Company)
Young People’s Literature Judges: Elizabeth Partridge (chair), Pete Hautman, James Howe, Patricia McCormick, and Scott Westerfeld.
Of this list, I've only read The Invention of Hugo Cabret (and just got in the audio book and accompanying DVD!), and have purchased Story of a Girl and The Absolutely True Diary for the library. Hugo is a favorite of mine, so I naturally am hoping Brian Selznick wins the award. As with any other book award, there will be plenty of discussion concerning the selection and eventual winner.