1998

No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War

By Anita Lobel

Current Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 8 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Ann Cameron for The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
  • Jack Gantos for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • Anita Lobel for No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War
  • Richard Peck for A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

YPL Winner That Year: Louis Sachar for Holes

Judges That Year: Karla Kuskin Bell, Victor Martinez, Liz Rosenberg, Spencer Shaw, Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Year in Literature: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: Aside from her work as an illustrator, Anita Lobel has also been an actress and singer, which she draws on as inspiration for her children’s books. "It is the 'drama' in a picture-book that interests me most," she has said. "I ‘stage’ the story the way a director might work on a theatre piece."

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