Dark Water

By Laura McNeal

Original Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)
Current Publisher: Ember
Digital Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf (Random House)

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Paolo Bacigalupi for Ship Breaker
  • Laura McNeal for Dark Water
  • Walter Dean Myers for Lockdown
  • Rita Williams-Garcia for One Crazy Summer

YPL Winner That Year: Kathryn Erksine for Mockingbird

Judges That Year: Laban Carrick Hill, Kelly Link, Tor Seidler, Hope Anita Smith, Sara Zarr

The Year in Literature: When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead won the Newbery Medal.  Going Bovine by Libba Bray won the Printz Award.

More Information: McNeal has written many award-winning books with her husband, Tom McNeal. She said of that experience, “Each of the books we wrote together was, for us, an unexpected form of courtship. Tom's younger self, made fictional, courted a form of my younger self. It was a strange, writerly form of romance that I wouldn't trade for anything.”

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