Eliot Schrefer

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Author, two-time National Book Award Finalist and children’s book reviewer for USA Today

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The shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced Thursday.

National Book Awards finalists and popular YA literature

The shortlist for the National Book Awards was announced Thursday.

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