- Paolo Bacigalupi, Ship Breaker
- Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
- Laura McNeal, Dark Water
- Walter Dean Myers, Lockdown
- Rita Williams-Garcia, One Crazy Summer
Of course, the NBA pool tends to choose from the “high end” of children’s literature, which is more likely to include serious novels, historical fiction, and explorations of the experiences of social outsiders. Still, it’s an interesting snapshot.