Noelle Stevenson’s YA graphic Nimona, published by HarperCollins and based on her webcomics, has been named a National Book Awards finalist — this is the Oscars of the book worlds and Stevenson is now the Quvenzhané Wallis as at the age of 23, Stevenson is the youngest finalist in the history of the awards.
Nimona–a narrative that surprises at every turn, knocking down cliches like jousting dummies–is a stunning achievement for a creator of any age, but considering that it’s Stevenson’s first completed work, either she’s going to go on to be the next Jack Kirby or at the very least a YA author of some repute.
Nominee was originally meant to have a sequel, but Stevenson decided it was best as a standalone. she has a four book deal with HarperCollins however, and her next project is 4 Wizards a fantasy series co-written with Todd Casey. Stevenson is the third cartoonist, after Gene Yang and Roz Chast to be a finalist for the NBA.
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