2002

19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

By Naomi Shihab Nye

Current Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 13 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • M.T. Anderson for Feed
  • Naomi Shihab Nye for 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
  • Elizabeth Partridge for This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie
  • Jacqueline Woodson for Hush

YPL Winner That Year: Nancy Farmer for The House of the Scorpion

Judges That Year: Christopher Paul Curtis, Sandra Jordan, Gregory Maguire, Han Nolan, Rita Williams-Garcia

The Year in Literature: A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park won the Newbery Medal. A Step from Heaven by An Na won the Printz Award.

More Information: National Book Award-winning poet William Stafford once said of Nye’s work, "her poems combine transcendent liveliness and sparkle along with warmth and human insight. She is a champion of the literature of encouragement and heart. Reading her work enhances life."

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