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Shine withdrawn from US National Book Award after nomination mistake

20th October 2011

Lauren Myracle has withdrawn her novel Shine from the National Book Award's Young People's Literature category after learning it was mistaken for Chime by Franny Billingsley during a phone call.

The young author took the decision to remove herself from the running for the prestigious prize after administrators admitted she was mistakenly named on the shortlist.

Her novel had been confused with Franny Billingsley's Chime, which was later added to the list of books in contention for the prize.

Myracle said in a statement: '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.'

Previously, she had told the Guardian that the recognition of her novel by the judges had 'deeply moved her' because she felt it was 'giving voice to the thousands of disenfranchised youth in America'.

The National Book Foundation has agreed to donate USD 5,000 to the Matthew Shepard Foundation at the request of Myracle, adding in a statement that it 'regrets' its error.
 

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