Books Honored by the National Book Foundation

National Book Award Medals

The mission of the National Book Foundation is to celebrate the best of American literature, to expand its audience, and to enhance the cultural value of great writing in America. National Book Awards are given five categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, Translated Literature, and Young People’s Literature.

The first African-American writer to win a National Book Award was Ralph Ellison for Invisible Man.

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One Book Honored by the National Book Foundation in 2005

Finalist - Young People’s Literature

Autobiography of My Dead Brother
by Walter Dean Myers

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    List Price: $9.99
    Format: Paperback, 224 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9780060582937
    Imprint: Amistad
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Parent Company: News Corporation
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    Book Description: 
    The thing was that me and Rise were blood brothers, but sometimes I really didn’t know him. . . .As Jesse fills his sketchbook with drawings and portraits of Rise, he tries to make sense of the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and loss in a neighborhood plagued by drive-bys, vicious gangs, and abusive cops.


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