By Rita Williams-Garcia
Current & Digital Publisher: Amistad (HarperCollins)
Reading Level: Ages 13 & Up
YPL Finalists That Year:
- Deborah Heiligman for Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith
- David Small for Stitches
- Laini Taylor for Lips Touch: Three Times
- Rita Williams-Garcia for Jumped
YPL Winner That Year: Phillip Hoose for Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
Judges That Year: Kathi Appelt, Coe Booth, Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, Gene Luen Yang
The Year in Literature: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman won the Newbery Medal. Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta won the Printz Award.
- In kindergarten, when her other classmates were coloring pictures, Williams-Garcia said she was asking for a pencil and paper. “By twelve, I was sending short stories to magazines only to be politely rejected.” She believes young people’s literature is essential for children’s development. “Teens will read. They hunger for stories that engage them and reflect their images and experiences.”
- Rita Williams-Garcia was also a Finalist for the National Book Award in 2010 for One Crazy Summer, which also won the Newbery Medal.
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