I don't think we've finished seeing all the plaudits coming to Chris Barton's Dazzle Ships, although the Orbis Pictus Honor makes a nice cap—no, wait, look at that! Nerdy Book Club and Cybils lists just rolled in to join the NYPL and Chicago Public Library lists, among others. The team of author Chris Barton and editor Carol Hinz is producing outstanding results, with the major-league assist of the rest of the Lerner team and the participation of incredible debut illustrators.
So it will not surprise you to hear that they've got another one underway!
ALL OF A SUDDEN AND FOREVER is a picture book text about the response to and recovery from the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, serving as an example of how people respond to great pain and what communities are capable of. And again, a debut illustrator—the divine Nicole Xu—will be providing stunning art.
I think this is going to be a moving, timely, and inspiring book, to say the least.