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!
Have I mentioned how much I love the children's author Rebecca Stead, winner of the 2010 Newbery Medal for When You Reach Me? (Why, yes—I have.) I loved everything about that book—setting, main character, the drama surrounding family and friendships, the puzzle at its heart. I was so happy when the book won the Newbery. So I was thrilled when I learned that Stead has a new book out in August!
When seventh grader Georges (the "S" is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?
Fans of kid lit look forward to the Youth Media Awards every year, in which the American Library Association announces the year's best children's book authors and illustrators in a variety of categories. This morning, the awards were announced in Dallas.
You can read the full list of winners here. The list includes many BookPage favorites; here's a sampling:
John Newbery Medal ("for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature"):
Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos (FSG)
Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai (HarperCollins)
Breaking Stalin’s Nose by Eugene Yelchin (Holt)
Blackout, written & illustrated by John Rocco, (Disney-Hyperion)
Grandpa Green, written & illustrated by Lane Smith ( Roaring Brook Press)
Me . . . Jane, written & illustrated by Patrick McDonnell (Little, Brown)
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler (Little, Brown)
The Returning by Christine Hinwood (Dial Books)
Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Knopf)
The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)
Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award ("recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults"):
Kadir Nelson, author and illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzer + Bray)
Coretta Scott King (Author) Honors:
Eloise Greenfield, author of The Great Migration: Journey to the North (Amistad)
Patricia C. McKissack, author of Never Forgotten (Schwartz & Wade Books)
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award:
Shane W. Evans, author & illustrator Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom (Roaring Brook Press)
Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Honor:
Kadir Nelson, author & illustrator of Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans (Balzar + Bray)
Do you have a favorite from this bunch? Were you surprised by any of the annoucements?
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":
Curious about who will receive this year's Newbery and Caldecott Medals (and Honor distinctions)?
In 15 minutes (9:45 a.m. CST), you can watch a live webcast of the awards. Watch the webcast here.
For those who can't watch the webcast, we'll keep you posted on the winners.
It's been a fairly slow week of book news, but a couple of blog posts still caught my attention. What posts would you recommend?
The Best In Completely Trashy, Guilty-Pleasure Reading
Posted by Sadie on Jezebel
I got a kick out of a recent Jezebel post on beach reads. At BookPage, our loose definition of "beach read" would probably be a page-turner you want to unwind with, maybe something a little steamier or lighter than your usual reading fare—see some of our picks from the July print edition for examples. But Jezebel gives a different description:
When we say "beach read," we're talking about the books whose covers you conceal from your airplane seat neighbor, the ones for which Lillian Vernon used to sell those anonymous needlepoint covers.
What's on your "completely trashy, guilty-pleasure reading" list? I'll go ahead and add Judy Blume's Summer Sisters, which my tween friends and I passed around like candy the year it came out.
All ALA coverage
Posted by Laura Rodgers on Laura's Life
Laura is a fourth grader who has not only read every single Newbery Medal-winning book, but she blogs about them, too. At the Newbery Caldecott banquet last weekend, Laura was introduced and applauded for her impressive reading accomplishments. I love Laura's honest book reviews (she'll let you know when she absolutely loves a book; but if it just didn't work for her, she won't sugarcoat anything). She also write many interesting posts about ALA.
For more on Laura, watch her ALA interview:
Just about everybody on the BookPage staff who has read Rebecca Stead's Newbery-winning novel When You Reach Me has raved about it. (I am most guilty, posting here and here—and don't miss our post-Newbery Q&A with Stead.) I loved spunky sixth-grade narrator Miranda. I loved how Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time was subtly integrated into the plot. I loved how Stead depicted a realistic relationship between mother and daughter. And I loved the combination of mystery and fantasy.
So, I was thrilled to read this morning that Amber Entertainment won a bidding war to produce a movie version of the novel. Both Stead and Ileen Maisel (The Golden Compass) will produce.
I can't wait to see New York City of the 1970s come to life, and the scenes that take place on game show "The $20,000 Pyramid" should be fabulous.
When A Wrinkle In Time was made into a TV movie in 2003, L'Engle said of the adaptation, "I expected it to be bad, and it is." Let's hope the movie of When You Reach Me doesn't get a similar reception—but how could it, since Stead is involved?
Do you think When You Reach Me will translate successfully on the screen? Are you looking forward to this movie?
By the way, we shared this news in Wednesday's Reading Corner, but in case you don't subscribe—this weekend a couple of our editors are off to attend the Newbery Caldecott Banquet in Washington, D.C. When they return, they'll post a full report of Stead's and Jerry Pinkney's speeches on this blog.
Last week I spoke to Newbery medalist Laura Amy Schlitz (Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!) about her new release The Night Fairy (Feb. 23 from Candlewick). The middle grade novel tells the story of Flory, a fairy who loses her wings in an accident and must fend for herself in a garden alongside bats, praying mantises and other potentially threatening creatures.
As she learns to appreciate life in the daytime—Flory was born a nocturnal fairy, although she attempts to change her sleep schedule—the little fairy also discovers emotions like empathy and hope.
I predict that this charming story will be a hit with kids who love the outdoors and playing make believe—not only because of the text, but because the accompanying illustrations are truly works of art. Illustrator Angela Barrett studied at the Royal College of Art in England with Quentin Blake (best known for immortalizing Roald Dahl’s characters in cartoons). She has illustrated more than 24 books, and her depictions of Flory’s miniature world will enchant young readers. (Visit this gallery on The Night Fairy’s website for examples.)
On Feb. 23, you can read about Schlitz’s intriguing new project and her interest in fairy stories on BookPage.com. In the meantime, listen to an audio clip from the author. In it, she discusses the joyful moment of winning the Newbery Medal in 2008:
We’re giving away a copy of The Night Fairy to a lucky reader. To enter, tell us in the comments: Who is your favorite fairy from literature? I’ll vote for Titania from A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Deadline: Feb. 17 at 10 a.m.