2011

My Name Is Not Easy

By Debby Dahl Edwardson

Current Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
Digital Publisher: Amazon Children’s Publishing

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: In an interview with the National Book Foundation, Edwardson said of her love of fiction, “It allows me to bring a diversity of perspectives together through a lens of my own choosing. It allows me to bring my own teenaged sensibility to the table and try it on in new contexts. I get to be both the young girl out in the woods under the impossibly star-filled sky about to taste her first kiss and the defiant boy, feeling the blows of the paddle and refusing to bow to its authority. I can use all of who I am and, if I do it right, I learn something new every time.”

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