The Guardian children’s fiction prize shortlist takes a transatlantic twist as two American authors battle it out with two UK authorsA bestselling American author and YouTube sensation, John Green, whose book has been accused of being “sick lit” for teens, has been shortlisted for the Guardian children’s fiction prize, alongside an American Newbery medal-winner, a much-garlanded previous finalist and an up and coming voice in the children’s books world. John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars is a tale of two teens with terminal cancer who meet at a support group and fall in love. Green made his name with his novels Paper Towns and Looking for Alaska and has a huge following among teens, partly thanks to his YouTube video projects and his Nerdfighters fan website. However, The Fault In Our Stars has raised some controversy with accusations that teens are not sufficiently mature to deal with such disturbing topics – a claim that Green has dismissed as “patronising”. In a first for the Guardian children’s fiction prize, which has been running since 1967 but only admitted non-UK writers last year, half of this year’s shortlist of four books is made up of Americans. Green is in the running …read more

Via: The Guardian | Books