Nominees for ADULT LITERATURE:
Flesh and Spirit and Breath and Bone, by Carol Berg
Addicted to an enchantment that turns pain into pleasure--and bound by oaths he refuses to abandon--Valen risks body and soul to rescue one child, seek justice for another, and bring the dying land of Navronne its rightful king.
Pandemonium, by Daryl Gregory
Lavinia, by Ursula K. LeGuin
The Bell at Sealey Head, by Patricia McKillip
An Evil Guest, by Gene Wolf
Nominees for CHILDREN'S LITERATURE:
Graceling, by Kristin Cashore
Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead.
There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy--but if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack--who has already killed Bod's family...
House of Many Ways, by Diana Wynne Jones
When Charmain Baker agreed to look after her great-uncle's house, she thought she was getting blissful, parent-free time to read. She didn't realize that the house bent space and time, and she did not expect to become responsible for an extremely magical stray dog and a muddled young apprentice wizard. Now, somehow, she's been targeted by a terrifying creature called a lubbock, too, and become central to the king's urgent search for the fabled Elfgift that will save the country. The king is so desperate to find the Elfgift, he's called in an intimidating sorceress named Sophie to help. And where Sophie is, the great Wizard Howl and fire demon Calcifer won't be far behind. How did respectable Charmain end up in such a mess, and how will she get herself out of it? Sequel to Jones's beloved classic, Howl's Moving Castle.
Savvy, by Ingrid Law
For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a savvy--a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity... and now it's the eve of Mibsa's big day.
As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up--and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.
Nation, by Terry Pratchett
Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle Daphne--a girl from the other side of the globe--is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.
Together the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. Drawn by the smoke of Mau and Daphne's sheltering fire, other refugees slowly arrive: children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives--all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down...
Winners will be announced in July!