By Franny Billingsley

Original Publisher: Dial Books (Penguin Group USA Inc.)
Current & Digital Publisher: Speak (Penguin Group USA Inc.)

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Franny Billingsley for Chime
  • Debby Dahl Edwardson for My Name Is Not Easy
  • Albert Marrin for Flesh & Blood So Cheap: The Triangle Fire and Its Legacy
  • Gary D. Schmidt for Okay for Now

YPL Winner That Year: Thanhha Lai for Inside Out & Back Again

Judges That Year: Marc Aronson, Ann Brashares, Matt de la Peña, Nikki Grimes, Will Weaver

The Year in Literature: Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool won the Newbery Medal. Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi won the Printz Award.

More Information: Billingsley’s favorite stories as a child were Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen and The Little Mermaid. She used both tales as the inspiration for her first two novels, Well Wished and The Folk Keeper.

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