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January 31, 2013

Applegate, Klassen, Lake Win Newbery, Caldecott, Printz


By Diane Roback

Katherine Applegate has won the 2013 Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan (Harper), a novel narrated by a silverback gorilla that lives in an ill-run roadside attraction with other performing animals; the book was edited by Anne Hoppe. Jon Klassen has won the 2013 Randolph Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat (Candlewick), in which a small fish gleefully steals a hat belonging to a larger fish and tries to get away with it; it was edited by Liz Bicknell. And Nick Lake has won the 2013 Michael L. Printz Award for In Darkness (Bloomsbury), in which a 15-year-old boy is trapped in the rubble of a hospital following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti; it was edited by Sarah Odedina. The awards were announced this morning at the American Library Association’s midwinter conference in Seattle.

It was a first-time award for all three recipients. Applegate is the author of many books for children, including the bestselling Animorphs series, which she co-wrote with her husband, Michael Grant. This Is Not My Hat is a companion to Klassen’s 2011 picture book, I Want My Hat Back. And Nick Lake, who is an editor at HarperCollins in the U.K., is the author of the Blood Ninja series.

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