“A touching tale of understanding and friendship . . . The message of education as a vehicle for progress and dismantling hatred is one that will strike a chord with readers.” — Kirkus Reviews
"A book to be read over and over for its intriguing story, illustrations, and captions." —School Library Journal, starred review
Today is our first annual Awards Fall/Winter Round-Up for EMLA authors:
Two major industry publications so far have named three EMLA clients' books as "best books" of the year:
- EMLA client Deborah Underwood's THE LOUD BOOK, and THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau and María Virginia Farinango, have been selected as “Best Books” for 2011 by School Library Journal (to be announced in the December 2011 issue)!
- STARS by Mary Lyn Ray (illustrated by Marla Frazee) is a Booklist Editors' Choice for 2011. The list will appear in the January 2012 issue.
DIRTY LITTLE SECRETS by C.J. Omololu was nominated for the 2011-2012 GA Peach Book Award for Teen Readers, the 2011-2012 Eliot Rosewater Indiana High School Book Award list, the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40 list, and the 2011-2012 Florida Teens Read list, and made the nominee list for the South Carolina Book Award.
EMLA client Deborah Underwood's THE LOUD BOOK is one of the top ten Great Books for 2012 by the Canadian Toy Testing Council. This book is the companion to last year’s Governor General Literary Award finalist, also by Underwood, THE QUIET BOOK. THE QUIET BOOK was also featured in this fall’s edition of Real Simple Family, a special issue of Real Simple published every September (circ: 2 million) as part of the “Soon-to-Be Classic Kid’s Books” list.
ADIOS, NIRVANA by Conrad Wesselhoeft was nominated for the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40 list.
BLACK RADISHES by Susan Meyer was nominated for the Pennsylvania State Library Association YA Top 40 list and is on the “highly recommended” category list for young readers in the Boston Authors Club Awards list.
STAR CROSSED by Elizabeth C. Bunce has been selected as a 2011 Kansas Notable Book. The annual selection of 15 books reflecting Kansas cultural heritage features quality titles with wide public appeal that are either written by Kansans or features a Kansas-related topic.
WORDS IN THE DUST by Trent Reedy was named to the 2011 ABC New Voices Project extended list, which highlights new YA and Middle Reader authors. The full list of 2011 New Voices titles was announced in the August 25th edition of Bookselling This Week.
The following EMLA clients were named to the University of Tennessee Best of the Best So Far 2011 list:
THE LOUD BOOK, Deborah Underwood
OH HOW SYLVESTER CAN PESTER, Robert Kinerk
ADIOS, NIRVANA, Conrad Wesselhoeft
ONE DAY AND ONE AMAZING MORNING ON ORANGE STREET, Joanne Rocklin
THE QUEEN OF WATER, Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango
STAR CROSSED, Elizabeth C. Bunce
CAN I SEE YOUR I.D.?, Chris Barton
THE UNFORGETTABLE SEASON, Phil Bildner
NATHANIEL FLUDD, BEASTOLOGIST: FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX by R. L. LaFevers made the Sunshine State Readers Award list.
The 2012 YALSA BFYA nomination list has closed, and EMLA has three books on it:
Congratulations to all!
—Erin and Joan