2003

The Canning Season

By Polly Horvath

Original & Digital Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Current Publisher: Squarefish (Macmillan)

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Paul Fleischman for Breakout
  • Jim Murphy for An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793
  • Richard Peck for The River Between Us
  • Jacqueline Woodson for Locomotion

YPL Winner That Year: Polly Horvath for The Canning Season

Judges That Year: Susan Campbell Bartoletti, Lulu Delacre, Jean Craighead George, Barbara Harrison, Margaret Tice

The Year in Literature: Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi won the Newbery Medal. Postcards from No Man’s Land by Aidan Chambers won the Printz Award.

More Information: 

  • When Polly Horvath began writing The Canning Season, she had a very specific agenda. She had just written two emotionally draining books and wanted to write something light and fun. But forcing herself to write a light book literally put her to sleep. “I would feel myself falling asleep after about 15 minutes. Even though I start work at around 10 a.m., I'd be yawning and drooping over the keyboard. Finally, I'd give up and nap. I started to call friends and complain that I thought I had narcolepsy.” Once she let go and allowed all the strange and dark aspects of The Canning Season to creep in, the book wrote itself.
  • Horvath was previously a Finalist in 1999 for The Trolls.

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