Finalists for the 2008 National Book Award

The finalists for the 2008 National Book Award in Young People's Literature were announced today:

Laurie Halse Anderson, Chains (Simon & Schuster)
Kathi Appelt, The Underneath (Atheneum)
Judy Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied (Scholastic)
E. Lockhart, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks (Hyperion)
Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now (Alfred A. Knopf)

I can't wait to read Chains, which is set in Revolutionary New York.  The powerful cover art is by Christopher Silas Neal.

Coincidentally, I just finished M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. I: The Pox Party (Candlewick), set in Revolutionary Boston, which won this award in 2006.  It is itself an astonishing book.  Volume II:  The Kingdom on the Waves was released yesterday.  What to read first?