Ruh-roh: There’s trouble in Literatureland. Last week, Lauren Myracle’s Shine was announced as a finalist for the National Book Award for young people’s literature. Later that day, however, the National Book Foundation ‘fessed up to an embarrassing gaffe: they’d actually meant to name the similar-sounding book Chime, by Franny Billingsley. At one point, the organization said they would keep both Shine and Chime on the list, making for six finalists instead of the customary five. But on Friday, Myracle said she was asked to withdraw herself from the competition in order to “preserve the integrity” of the National Book Award.Myracle friends and fans are tweeting their frustration/ire/confusion today with the hashtag #isupportshine.
Tell us in the comments, was the National Book Foundation’s decision fair? Should Shine have remained in the running?