Last week, the National Book Awards Young Readers shortlist was announced, and SHINE by Lauren Myracle was on the list.
Then another book, CHIME, was added. And the people in charge of the award admitted that someone had mis-heard the title, including the wrong book (SHINE) instead of the actual one chosen by the panel (CHIME). But both books would remain on the shortlist! Everything was fine, other than the fact that they'd announced to the world that Lauren SHINE really hadn't earned the nomination!
Fast-forward to Monday, when Ms. Myracle withdrew her book from consideration after being asked to do so by the NBA. To "preserve the integrity of the award".
Maybe it's just me, but dragging an author's name and book through the proverbial mud because YOU made a mistake doesn't do much for the integrity of the award, either.
Anyway, in an effort to boost the signal on what appears to be a great, important, relevant YA novel, I'm featuring SHINE as today's Book BIN offering. (My kids also adore her other books, so that's a plus.) Let's show the author some support by picking up a copy! Here are the deets:
When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength of will it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.
Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in a deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a beloved author.
So what are you waiting for? Go on out and Buy It Now!