Yesterday the American Library Association announced its most prestigious awards for young people's literature and Vermont College of Fine Arts alums led the way!
Three cheers for Jandy Nelson whose I'll Give You The Sun won the Printz award- the highest honor for a young adult work.
The Printz Committee said "(o)nce inseparable, twins Noah and Jude are torn apart by a family tragedy that transforms their intense love for each other into intense anger. Timelines twist and turn around each other in beautifully orchestrated stories of love and longing."
I'll Give You the Sun also received a Stonewall Book Award Honor as a book of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. Make that six cheers!
Kekla Magoon's How It Went Down received a Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor! Hip Hip Hooray for Kekla, a member of the class of Summer 2005 and a new VCFA faculty member!!
Julie Berry's wonderfully fun and powerfully written The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place received an Odyssey Audio Book Award Honor. The committee said "(i)n a very clever, very fun, very Victorian murder mystery, young boarding school ladies bury the dead while maintaining perfect manners. Jayne Entwistle makes death-by-poison a laugh riot with her dark, dry narration and amazingly lively characters in this delightfully macabre tale."
And finally former VCFA faculty member and forever friend Jackie Woodson's Brown Girl Dreaming scooped more awards winning the Coretta Scott King Author Award, a Newbery Honor, a Sibert Honor! Triple Play (plus the National Book Award and how many more? Here's to a jacket plastered with wonderful award stickers!)
Fireworks, champagne and confetti for all the wonderful VCFA books published in 2015 and a special toast to Julie, Kekla, Jackie and Jandy for this fabulous recognition!