March: Book Three Named Finalist For National Book Award

"March: Book Three," the conclusion of the graphic memoir of civil rights legend Rep. John Lewis, has been named a finalist for the prestigious National Book Award for young people's literature.

The longlist in that category was announced this morning by the National Book Foundation.

Written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin, and illustrated by Nate Powell, "March" is a first-hand account of the congressman's life-long struggle for civil and human rights, beginning with his youth in rural Alabama, and continuing with his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King Jr., the 1963 March on Washington, and the march from Selma to Montgomery.

Published by Top Shelf Productions, "March: Book One" was released to widespread acclaim in in 2013, followed by "Book Two" in 2015. The conclusion of the trilogy hit shelves last month.

The first graphic novel to win a Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, "March" was optioned for an animated series earlier this year.

The 10 nominees in the young people's literature category will be narrowed by a panel of judges to five, with the shortlist announced Oct. 13. The winner will be presented in a ceremony held Nov. 16.

The other finalists are:  Kwame Alexander, "Booked": Kate DiCamillo, "Raymie Nightingale"; Grace Lin, "When the Sea Turned to Silver"; Anna-Marie McLemore, "When the Moon Was Ours"; Meg Medina, "Burn Baby Burn"; Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen, "Pax"; Jason Reynolds, "Ghost"; Caren Stelson, "Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor's Story"; and Nicola Yoon, "The Sun Is Also a Star."

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