2004

Luna

By Julie Anne Peters

Current & Digital Publisher: Little, Brown & Co.

Reading Level: Ages 14 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Deb Caletti for Honey, Baby, Sweetheart
  • Laban Carrick Hill for Harlem Stomp!: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance
  •  Shelia P. Moses for The Legend of Buddy Bush
  • Julie Anne Peters for Luna

YPL Winner That Year: Pete Hautman for Godless

Judges That Year: James Haskins, Marie G. Lee, Phoebe Stone, Neil Waldman

The Year in Literature: The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread by Kate DiCamillo won the Newbery Medal. The First Part Last by Angela Johnson won the Printz Award.

More Information: Julie Anne Peters has said that writing Luna, a novel about a transgender teen, was a tremendous learning experience. “Luna was a difficult person to capture on paper, since I didn’t even know any transgender people when I began that book. I had no idea why Luna would choose me to write about her. (Later, I figured out it was my ignorance. I could bring a fresh outlook and a hunger for knowledge to the subject and the research.) My own self-discovery of trans issues gave Luna more authenticity than I could ever have conjured up through creativity or imagination alone.”

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