1998

The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods

By Ann Cameron

Original Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Current Publisher: Paw Prints
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 10 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Ann Cameron for The Secret Life of Amanda K. Woods
  • Jack Gantos for Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key
  • Anita Lobel for No Pretty Pictures: A Child of War
  • Richard Peck for A Long Way from Chicago: A Novel in Stories

YPL Winner That Year: Louis Sachar for Holes

Judges That Year: Karla Kuskin Bell, Victor Martinez, Liz Rosenberg, Spencer Shaw, Suzanne Fisher Staples

The Year in Literature: Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse won the Newbery Medal.

More Information: Ann Cameron says that it’s the “things I notice and wonder about that lead to books.” Her first children’s book, The Seed, came about because she had a seed growing in a pot on the windowsill and wondered “what it would be like to be living under soil, seeing nothing, new to the world, with no idea where I was going or growing?”

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