Final “Amelia” book from Marissa Moss, Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced

AmeliaMarissa Moss Finishes “Amelia’s Notebook” Series: Marissa Moss announced that she will conclude the popular tween fictional journal series featuring Amelia, who has appeared in books over the past 20 years, which have sold more than five million copies. The final book is titled Amelia’s Middle-School Graduation Yearbook and was published in April 2015 by Moss’s publishing company Creston Books. www.berkeleyside.com/2015/05/18/berkeley-author-marissa-moss-says-goodby-to-amelia-a-character-that-has-delighted-readers-for-20-years/.

Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards Announced: Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book, and Rebecca Stead, the 2010 Boston Globe–Horn Book Fiction Award winner for When You Reach Me, announced the 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award winners on May 27, 2015. Celebrating their 49th year, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children’s and young adult literature. A Winner and two Honor Books were selected in each of three categories: Picture Book, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

PICTURE BOOK AWARD WINNER:

Farmer and the clownThe Farmer and the Clown by Marla Frazee, published by Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division

PICTURE BOOK HONOR WINNERS:

It’s Only Stanley by Jon Agee, published by Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group USA 

Once Upon an Alphabet by Oliver Jeffers, published by Philomel Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA

FICTION AWARD WINNER: Cartwheeling

Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms by Katherine Rundell, published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

FICTION HONOR WINNERS:

Egg & Spoon by Gregory Maguire, published by Candlewick Press

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman, illustrated by Brendan Shusterman, published by HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

NONFICTION AWARD WINNER:

family romanovThe Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming, published by Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books

NONFICTION HONOR WINNERS:

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose, published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson, published by Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA

More information can be found by visiting the awards website: www.hbook.com/boston-globe-horn-book-awards.

The awards are chosen by an independent panel of three judges appointed by Mr. Sutton. The 2015 Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards judges are: Chair, Barbara Scotto, co-director of Children’s Literature New England; Jessica Tackett MacDonald, collection development librarian at the Boston Public Library, specializing in youth and teen collections; and Maeve Visser Knoth, librarian at Phillips Brooks School in Menlo Park, California.

The awards will be given at the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 2nd, 2015, at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. The event begins with speeches by the awardees, followed by an autographing session and a celebratory evening reception. The following day, Saturday, October 3rd, The Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium features the award winners and honorees in talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions, offering librarians, educators, and children’s literature professionals a chance to examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. The theme of this year’s Colloquium is “Transformations.” More information on The Horn Book at Simmons can be found at www.hbook.com/bghb-hbas.

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