I’m a little late with this, but The Canning Season by Polly Horvath has won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature.

"Though fairytale-like in its setting and its charm, do not be fooled. Suicide, decapitation, wretched mothers, and a sprinkling of profanity pepper this poignant, philosophical, darkly humorous novel that dips into subjects from technology to love to death."

Suicide? Decapitation??? It doesn’t sound like your normal children’s chapter book; it sounds good.

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