Try saying that three times fast!
Today, Publishers Marketplace announced that Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo's next book will come out on September 26, 2013. Titled The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses, PM reports that it's about "joy and laughter, about moving away from grief and turning toward love—additionally, it is a book about seal blubber."
DiCamillo is beloved for her wonderful children's novels like Because of Winn-Dixie and The Tale of Despereaux. In a BookPage review of The Magician's Elephant, Sharon Verbeten wrote: "DiCamillo has long been a word virtuoso, and this novel solidifies that role. Everything about this story is masterful." I know readers will expect to see the same classic prose and feel the same heart-tugging emotions when they read Illuminated Adventures next year.
Clare Vanderpool won the 2011 Newbery Medal for Moon Over Manifest—her debut novel. On January 8, 2013, readers can buy her follow-up: Navigating Early. I love the equation-style plot description on Vanderpool's website:
One boy from Kansas
+ one boy from Maine
+ one boat on the Appalachian Trail
+ a search for a great bear
+ 3.14 (pi)
= The journey of a lifetime
If that's not enough good news, prolific Newbery Honoree Gary Paulsen also has a book out on January 8, 2013. It's called Road Trip and it's about a dad, a boy and a dog who go on a crazy trip.
In addition to the books listed above, I can't wait to read two new novels from Nashville authors: The 13th Sign by Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (author of Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different and Selling Hope) and Out of The Easy by Ruta Sepetys (author of Between Shades of Gray). More on those later!
Clare Vanderpool won the 2011 Newbery Medal for her novel Moon Over Manifest—a surprise to a lot of readers, as Vanderpool was a debut author. When I saw her speak at ALA in New Orleans last summer, she had the entire audience cracking up. (Sample quote: "People asked me if winning the Newbery was like having a baby. I said: Winning the Newbery was like having a baby . . . if you didn’t know you were pregnant.") Ever since then I've wondered about her next project.
BookPage interviewed Vanderpool shortly after she won the Newbery. When we asked her what she was doing next, she only mentioned returning to the town that inspired Moon Over Manifest, and celebrating with the people who live there . . . nothing about a new book.
However, this week Publishers Marketplace published a listing for Vanderpool's second novel! It's called Navigating Early, and it's about:
two boys who are the unlikeliest of friends [who] go on an odyssey in search of a great black bear, where they meet truly strange characters, some of whom are dangerous, all of whom are in some ways lost, and each of whom figures into a concurrent myth based on patterns in the number pi.
After last week's Newbery and Caldecott announcements at ALA Midwinter, we have been dying to hear from the big winners.
Clare Vanderpool won the Newbery Medal for Moon Over Manifest, the Depression-era story of 12-year-old Abilene Tucker, and Erin E. Stead won the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, described in BookPage as "a heart-warming story, comforting without a lot of fuss."
Today, both winners answered seven of our most pressing questions. Like: Are they nervous about writing an acceptance speech? What was the first thing to go through their heads when they found out they had won? Who provides inspiration? And perhaps my favorite question: Which book character would be the best desert island companion?
What would you like to ask the Newbery and Caldecott winners?
Yesterday morning, the American Library Association announced the best books of the year for children and teens. I look forward to this annoucement all year because some of my favorite books of all time are Newbery winners (from Island of the Blue Dolphins to The View from Saturday), and as an elementary school kid I made an effort to read as many past winners as possible.
Over at A Fuse #8 Production (the School Library Journal-hosted blog), Betsy Bird wrote an interesting post about Newbery/Caldecott trends. For example, 2008 was The Year of Breaking Barriers (when awards went to Hugo Cabret and Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!) and last year was The Year of the Givens (The Lion and the Mouse and When You Reach Me). Bird accurately predicted that 2011 would be The Year of the Wild Cards.
Like many bloggers (including Bird), I was rooting for Rita Williams-Garcia to take home the big prize (the Newbery) for One Crazy Summer. BookPage interviewed Williams-Garcia back in February 2010 and praised the author's "gift for combining everyday settings with social commentary and wry wit." One Crazy Summer ended up receiving a Newbery Honor (nothing to frown on), along with the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, not to mention the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
The major surprises at the Youth Media Awards were that the Newbery and Caldecott went to a debut novelist and a debut picture book illustrator. Clare Vanderpool, the Newbery winner for Moon Over Manifest, a Depression-era story, lives in Kansas. Erin E. Stead, a 28-year-old illustrator in Ann Arbor, won the Caldecott for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, which was written by her husband Philip.
Even though I was surprised by this year's announcement, I'm still happy with how things turned out. I haven't read Moon Over Manifest, but now I can't wait to get my hands on it. It's always fun to be introduced to new talent.
Were you surprised by this year's big winners? Excited?
Below the jump, find the list of winners and honorees for the Newbery, Caldecott, Printz and Coretta Scott King Awards:
Newbery Medal "for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature":
Winner: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
Honors: Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm; Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus; Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman; One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Caldecott Medal "for the most distinguished American picture book for children":
Winner: A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead
Honors: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave illustrated by Bryan Collier; Interrupting Chicken, written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award"recognizing an African American author of outstanding books for children and young adults":