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Book award nominee withdraws
Lauren Myracle, National Book Award nominee, withdraws from contention
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A popular children's book author has withdrawn her book from competition for the National Book awards.

Lauren Myracle has pulled "Shine" from consideration in the young people's literature category. Her decision, announced Monday by Amulet Books, follows a miscommunication last week between judges and the award's sponsors. Myracle was on the original list of five nominees, but the National Book Foundation than announced that her book had been confused with Franny Billingsley's "Chime" and was not a finalist.

The foundation soon changed its mind again and decided there would be six nominees. Myracle said in a statement that she was asked by the foundation to withdraw to "preserve the integrity" of the awards process.

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