Congrats to Sonnenblick and Van Dusen

The Rebecca Caudill Award and Monarch Book Award were announced today. And the winners are…

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Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie was at the top of my Caudill list! Here’s the publisher’s description: Thirteen-year-old Steven has a totally normal life: he plays drums in the All-Star Jazz band, has a crush on the hottest girl in the school, and is constantly annoyed by his five-year-old brother, Jeffrey. But when Jeffrey is diagnosed with leukemia, Steven’s world is turned upside down. He is forced to deal with his brother’s illness and his parents’ attempts to keep the family in one piece. Salted with humor and peppered with devastating realities, DRUMS, GIRLS, AND DANGEROUS PIE is a heart warming journey through a year in the life of a family in crisis.
 

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If I Built a Car nabbed the Monarch Award. Here’s the publisher’s description:

“If i built a car, it’d be totally new! Here are a few of the things that i’d do. . . .” Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car. inspired by zeppelins and trains, Cadillacs and old planes, with brilliant colors and lots of shiny chrome, this far-out vision is ready to cruise! there’s a fireplace, a pool, and even a snack bar! After a tour of the ritzy interior, robert the robot starts up the motor . . . and Jack and his dad set off on the wildest test drive ever!

  

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