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Nebula Awards 2011

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFFWA) host the Nebula Awards each year.

This year the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy  went to  I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; Harper)

Also Nominated:
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown)
White Cat by Holly Black (McElderry)
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic Press; Scholastic UK)
Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch (Amulet)
The Boy from Ilysies by Pearl North (Tor Teen)
A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner (Greenwillow)
Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

You can find the full listing of nominees and winners here. Congratulations to all of you.

White Cat

By: Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe comes from a family of curse-workers, those who have the ability to change your emotions, memories, luck and life just by the merest tough. Cassel is an outsider in his own family, he has no magic, this makes him the straight kid in a criminal family for curse-work is illegal. He tries to live a normal life but fitting in at school isn’t so easy.

Cassel has started having strange dreams about a white cat, and he has started sleepwalking. He is also beginning to believe his brothers are keeping secrets from him and that other things are not what they seem to be. It’s as if he is living some elaborate con-game that he doesn’t understand. In order to get to the bottom of this he has to unravel his very confusing memories, face the fact that he killed his best friend and out con the other con-men, all while fighting for his place in school and keeping his bookmaking business thriving.

This is a dark and twisted thriller. A well crafted story, weaving together strands of fantasy, magic, cons, crime and romance. There are twists, turns and double-crosses abounding. This is a tightly written and thoroughly engaging read. If you like your stories dark and sophisticated, your characters intriguing and continually developing, I am sure you will love this. Black has written a masterful con. Recommended read.

Publisher: Margaret K McElderry Books

Published: 08 February 2011

Format: Paperback 310 pages

Categories: Fantasy, Family, Animal Stories Siblings

ISBN 13: 9781416963974

Purchase: here

2011 Locus Awards – Finalists

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation has announced the top five finalists in each category of the 2011 Locus Awards with the winners to be announced during the Science Fiction Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, on June 24-26, 2011.

Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier are finalists in the Anthology category for Zombies vs. Unicorns.

The Young Adult Finalists are

Ship Breaker – Paolo Bacigalupi (Little Brown)

Mockingjay – Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)

Enchanted Glass – Diana Wynne Jones (HarperCollins UK; Greenwillow)

I Shall Wear Midnight – Terry Pratchett (Gollancz; HarperCollins)

Behemoth – Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)

Congratulations to all finalists.

The rest of the finalists can be found here.

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