Andre Norton Nebula Award 2020

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Andre Norton Nebula Award 2020

jul. 21, 2020, 4:39pm

The Andre Norton Nebula Award is awarded for the best middle grade or young adult science fiction or fantasy novel published in the U.S. in the prior calendar year. It is presented by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and has been awarded annually since 2006. It is named to honor prolific science fiction and fantasy author Andre Norton (1912–2005).

jul. 21, 2020, 4:41pm

The 2020 Winner is Riverland by Fran Wilde.

Fran Wilde was previously nominated and won in 2016 for Updraft, and is the only author to have won the award twice.

Book Description: When things go bad at home, sisters Eleanor and Mike hide in a secret place under Eleanor’s bed, telling monster stories. Often, it seems those stories and their mother’s house magic are all that keep them safe from both busybodies and their dad’s temper. But when their father breaks a family heirloom, a glass witch ball, a river suddenly appears beneath the bed, and Eleanor and Mike fall into a world where dreams are born, nightmares struggle to break into the real world, and secrets have big consequences. Full of both adventure and heart, Riverland is a story about the bond between two sisters and how they must make their own magic to protect each other and save the ones they love.

Editat: jul. 21, 2020, 4:47pm

The other 2020 Nominees are:

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
Catfishing on CatNet by Naomi Kritzer
Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee
Peasprout Chen: Battle of Champions by Henry Lien
cog by Greg van Eekhout

I don't really read much YA sci-fi or fantasy, so I haven't heard of any of these titles. Has anyone read them and can recommend any? Would you have chosen Fran Wilde as the winner out of this year's nominees?

jul. 21, 2020, 5:15pm

I've read the three that cross over with the Lodestar award nominees - Catfishing on Catnet, Dragon Pearl and Riverland - all three are really good, and I probably would have picked Riverland for the award. It's not a new concpet - kid's coping with trauma by creating fantasy explanations, and then finding themselves in a fantasy world, but it's extremely well done here. But Catfishing on Catnet is a delightful book, and Dragon Pearl is also a great adventure with wonderfully combined science fiction and fantasy elements, it felt slightly drawn out for the audience, but it's right up there.

Anyone read the others?

jul. 21, 2020, 5:38pm

>4 Aquila: I haven't read any, but Catfishing was also awarded the Edgar for Mystery/Thriller. With so many awards/nominations stacking up I may have to add that one to my wishlist.

jul. 21, 2020, 6:49pm

I *loved* Catfishing on CatNet.

CW for creepy stalker behavior but there is a happy ending.