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Lauren Myracle is a respected writer of young adult novels, whose books include TTYL and Thirteen. She is no stranger to critical acclaim and criticism from parents and teachers. However, the incident that has kept her latest book, Shine off of the list of National Book Award finalists has nothing to do with her, but rather the National Book Foundation.
Initially, they had included the book on their list of finalists, but admitted that they intended to nominate Chime by Franny Billingsley. However, they decided to expand the list of nominees to six to include both books. Then on Friday, Myracle was asked to withdraw her book from the list, according to The Associated Press.
Today, Myracle announced that she had agreed to do it. "I was later informed that Shine had been included in error, but would remain on the list based on its merits. However, on Friday I was asked to withdraw by the National Book Foundation to preserve the integrity of the award and the judges' work, and I have agreed to do so,” she said in a statement.
The Los Angeles Times reports that the foundation issued another statement apologizing to Myracle and the confusion it caused. The foundation will make a $5,000 donation to the Matthew Shepard Foundation in her name.
Shepard was a boy murdered in Wyoming in 1991, targeted because he was gay. Shine tells the fictional story of a gay boy being attacked.