The Underneath

By Kathi Appelt

Current & Digital Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Laurie Halse Anderson for Chains
  • Kathi Appelt for The Underneath
  • E. Lockhart for The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
  • Tim Tharp for The Spectacular Now

YPL Winner That Year: Judy Blundell for What I Saw and How I Lied

Judges That Year: Holly Black, Daniel Handler, Angela Johnson, Carolyn Mackler, Cynthia Voigt

The Year in Literature: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz won the Newbery Medal. The White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean won the Printz Award.

More Information: Appelt writes picture books as well as full-length young adult novels, and uses a similar approach for both. “One of the real keys to writing a good picture book is to learn at the most basic level what it means to ‘show, don't tell.’ A picture book has no room for explanation or for lengthy description. Years of practice in this were definitely beneficial as far as being able to show what was going on with my novel's characters with a minimum of muck.”

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