Clare Vanderpool wins Newbery medal

Clare Vanderpool’s novel Moon Over Manifest was named the winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal on Monday.

“Vanderpool illustrates the importance of stories as a way for children to understand the past, inform the present and provide hope for the future,” said Newbery Medal Committee Chair Cynthia K. Richey in a statement.

The novel tells the story of 11 year olf Abilene Tucker, the only daughter of a drifter, growing up in Manifest, Kansas, during the Depression. It is published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House.

The Newbery Medal is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children. Each year it recognizes “the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.”

Past winners of the Newbery Medal include Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner Katherine Paterson (for Jacob Have I Loved in 1981 and Bridge to Terabithia in 1978).

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