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I just read a number of the national book award winners — and I have reviewed some of them. For a complete listing of the award winners, see this list.
Newbery 2016 – LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena
Newbery Honor 2016
- The War that Saved My Life / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Roller Girl / Victoria Jamieson
- Echo / Pam Muñoz Ryan
Newbery 2015 – The Crossover / Kwame Alexander
Newbery Honor 2015 –
Caldecott 2016 – FINDING WINNIE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BEAR / Lindsay Mattick
Caldecott Honor 2016
- LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET / Matt de la Pena
- VOICE OF FREEDOM FANNIE LOU HAMER: SPIRIT OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT/ Carole Boston Weatherford (also was 2016 Robert F. Sibert Honor Book AND 2016 Coretta Scott King / John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award Winner)
- Trombone Shorty / Troy Andrews
- Waiting / Kevin Henkes
Caldecott 2015 – The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend / Dan Santat
Caldecott 2014 – Locomotive / Brian Floca
Caldecott 2014 Honors – Mr. Wuffles / David Wiesner
CHRISTIAN BOOK AWARDS
Contemporary Series Finalist
- When I Fall in Love / Susan May Warren
- Once Beyond a Time / Ann Tatlock
Young Adult Winner
- Storm Siren / Mary Weber
Young Adult Finalist
- Failstate: Nemesis / John W. Otte
- The Story Keeper / Lisa Wingate (Tyndale House)
- A Time to Die / Nadine Brandes (Enclave Publishing)
- Storm Siren / Mary Weber (HarperCollins Christian Publishing)
2015: The Warden and the Wolf King / Andrew Peterson
2014: A Cast in the Stones / Patrick W. Carr
2013: Starflower / Anne Elisabeth Stengl
Coming October 20, 2015
Expect to be swept away to England and France in 1915 as Penny Ramsey and Alex Goodwin face the challenges and losses of World War One, yet also experience the hope and triumph that comes as they put their trust in God to carry them through. The Ramseys welcome a group of orphaned children to Highland and must send members of the family and staff off to war. You’ll be thrilled by action packed scenes when the hero, a WW1 British pilot, chases German zeppelins across the sky over the Front Line in France. And you’ll be delighted by two pure and heartwarming romances: Penny and Alex, and Lydia Chambers and Marius Ritter, a lady’s maid and a prisoner of war. But most of all I hope you’ll be inspired by the characters’ examples of trusting God through whatever trials you might face.
I was privileged to read an advance copy. See my review here.
Dani Pettrey concludes the contemporary suspense Alaskan Courage series, a set in Alaska. Although each McKenna sibling is the main focus of a different book, they frequently appear in the other books.
Here it is! The cover reveal for Draven’s Light by Anne Elisabeth Stengl
DRAVEN’S LIGHT / by Anne Elisabeth Stengl –
In the Darkness of the Pit
The Light Shines Brightest
Drums summon the chieftain’s powerful son to slay a man in cold blood and thereby earn his place among the warriors. But instead of glory, he earns the name Draven, “Coward.” When the men of his tribe march off to war, Draven remains behind with the women and his shame. Only fearless but crippled Ita values her brother’s honor.
The warriors return from battle victorious yet trailing a curse in their wake. One by one the strong and the weak of the tribe fall prey to an illness of supernatural power. The secret source of this evil can be found and destroyed by only the bravest heart.
But when the curse attacks the one Draven loves most, can this coward find the courage he needs to face the darkness?
Coming May 25, 2015
ANNE ELISABETH STENGL makes her home in North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a kindle of kitties, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She is the author of the critically-acclaimed Tales of Goldstone Wood. Her novel Starflower was awarded the 2013 Clive Staples Award, and her novels Heartless, Veiled Rose, and Dragonwitch have each been honored with a Christy Award.
To learn more about Anne Elisabeth Stengl and her books visit: www.AnneElisabethStengl.blogspot.com
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Want to read an excerpt of Draven’s Light?
2014 INSPY Award Winners announced!
The INSPY Awards were created by bloggers to recognize the “excellence in faith-driven literature.”
BEYOND THE REALM OF DREAMS
IS A WORLD SHE NEVER IMAGINED
Masayi Sairu was raised to be dainty, delicate, demure . . . and deadly. She is one of the emperor’s Golden Daughters, as much a legend as she is a commodity. One day, Sairu will be contracted in marriage to a patron, whom she will secretly guard for the rest of her life.
But when she learns that a sacred Dream Walker of the temple seeks the protection of a Golden Daughter, Sairu forgoes marriage in favor of this role. Her skills are stretched to the limit, for assassins hunt in the shadows, and phantoms haunt in dreams. With only a mysterious Faerie cat and a handsome slave—possessed of his own strange abilities—to help her, can Sairu shield her new mistress from evils she can neither see nor touch?
For the Dragon is building an army of fire. And soon the heavens will burn.
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Anne Elisabeth Stengl is the author of the award-winning Tales of Goldstone Wood series, adventure fantasies told in the classic Fairy Tale style. Her books include Christy Award-winning Heartless and Veiled Rose, and Clive Staples Award-winning Starflower. She makes her home in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband, Rohan, a passel of cats, and one long-suffering dog. When she’s not writing, she enjoys Shakespeare, opera, and tea, and practices piano, painting, and pastry baking. She studied illustration and English literature at Grace College and Campbell University.
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BOOK COVER: The cover illustration was done by Julia Popova. Visit her website, http://www.forestgirl.ru/, to learn more about her and her fantastic work!
If you’d like to learn more about Golden Daughter, visit the book page for interesting articles, illustrations, and more!
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Anne Elisabeth Stengl is offering any two of the first six Goldstone Wood novels as a giveaway prize! Winner’s choice of: Heartless, Veiled Rose, Moonblood, Starflower, Dragonwitch, or Shadow Hand.
Follow this link to get the giveaway link!
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Read an excerpt of GOLDEN DAUGHTER.
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