The Norton shortlist is now final:
- Devilish—Maureen Johnson (Penguin Razorbill)
Magic or Madness—Justine Larbalestier (Penguin Razorbill)
Life As We Knew It—Susan Beth Pfeffer (Harcourt)
Midnighters 2: Touching Darkness—Scott Westerfeld (Harper Eos)
Peeps—Scott Westerfeld (Penguin Razorbill)
The King of Attolia—Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow Books HarperCollins)
All the books on the list are wonderful1 (except mine obviously). I’m so honoured to be in such incredible company. Wow.
Yet despite the glories of Maureen’s catholic school girls demon fighters and Scott’s reimainged vampires and magic twenty-fifth hour, if I were to vote right now2 I would vote for King of Attolia.
I’ve mentioned before how much Megan Whalen Turner’s trilogy means to me. It’s stunning. Beautifully written and it pushes all my buttons (in a good way). It would be awesome if she won the Norton because it would be not just for this book, but for the whole trilogy. She’s one of my favourite living writers and deserves every honour going.
Hey, I just noticed there’s three Razorbill books on that list! How bout that? Eloise Flood created one hell of a list.