Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Book Awards II Challenge

Book Awards Challenge Round 2

10 Months. 10 Award Winners.
August 1, 2008 - June 1, 2009
5 different awards represented (minimum)
List subject to change (and that's OK)
Overlaps with Other Challenges Allowed

Becky's 10

1) Dune by Frank Herbert (Hugo, 1966)(Nebula 1965)
2) American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Hugo, 2002)(Nebula, 2002)(Bram Stoker Award, 2001)
3) Life of Pi by Yann Martel (Man Booker Prize, 2002)
4) Possession: A Romance by A.S. Byatt (Man Booker Prize, 1990)
5) March by Geraldine Brooks (Pulitzer, 2006)
6) Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright (Newbery, 1939)
7) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (Costa/Whitbread, 2003)
8) Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze by Elizabeth Foreman Lewis (Newbery, 1933)
9) Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech (Newbery, 1995)
10) Holes by Louis Sachar (Newbery, 1999)

1) Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (Hugo, 1960)
2) Schindler's List by Thomas Keneally (Man Booker Prize, 1982)
3) Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (Pulitzer, 2003)
4) Tales of the South Pacific by James A. Michener (Pulitzer, 1948)
5) The World According to Garp by John Irving (National Book Award, 1980)
6) Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Printz, 2000)
7) The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (Printz, 2004)
8) Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis (Newbery, 2000)
9) Beowulf by Seamus Heaney (Costa/Whitbread, 1999)
10) A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole (Pulitzer, 1981)
11) I, Juan de Parajea by Elizabeth Borton de Trevino (Newbery, 1966)

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