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This year I served alongside Katherine Paterson, Laura Ruby, Ellen Oh, and Valerie Lewis as a judge for the National Book Award in Young People’s Literature. From many hundreds of books published in 2016 we picked a longlist of ten, each one incandescent.
Then we narrowed that list down to five finalists, all of them astonishing.
On Wednesday we chose the third volume of March, a graphic memoir by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, as the winner. Read more
“My tooth is not a ghost.”
“Ghosts taste like broccoli and cheese and flowers and the ocean.”
“They’re here! The shadow people are here! They want their daylight dinner.”
“I’m pretending to be a cat. Cats scratch furniture to keep the furniture from taking over.”
“When you roar like a monster it tickles my feelings.”
“Your voice is too low and booming for me. It needs to be higher and squeakier.”
“I have my toy shovel and I want you to help me bury up a person. Please?”
“Before I was born, when I was in my mom’s belly, I had nothing to do except play with her skeleton.”
“Dad, when you’re dead and I’m a writer, I will take your place.”
The great Kelly Murphy created cover art for A Properly Unhaunted Place, and I adore it. The book itself comes out next summer.
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I teach in the legendary kidlit-writing program at Vermont College, and this year I had the terrifying honor of delivering a graduation speech.
Here it is. Huge and happy congrats to the grads.
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