2001

True Believer

By Virginia Euwer Wolff

Original Publisher: Atheneum (Simon & Schuster)
Current Publisher: Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
Digital Publisher: Not Available

Reading Level: Ages 12 & Up

YPL Finalists That Year:

  • Kate DiCamillo for The Tiger Rising
  • Phillip Hoose for We Were There, Too! Young People in U.S. History
  • An Na for A Step from Heaven
  • Marilyn Nelson for Carver: A Life in Poems

YPL Winner That Year: Virginia Euwer Wolff for True Believer

Judges That Year: Kay Cassell, Ellen Howard, Beth Kephart, Lisa Clayton Robinson, Jane Resh Thomas

The Year in Literature: A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck won the Newbery Medal.  Kit’s Wilderness by David Almond won the Printz Award.

More Information:  True Believer is the second book in the Make Lemonade series. It took Wolff eight months to come up with the name of her narrator, Verna LaVaughn.

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