Read an interview with Linda Glaser, author of Hannah's Way (Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers Category) at This Messy Life! A highlight: "This is a story about staying true to one’s traditions but still wanting to “belong.” It’s also a story about ordinary children who, through a simple act of kindness, become heroes. I hope that with the help of the Sydney Taylor Award, Hannah’s Way will reach many more kids and will do its small part to encourage tolerance, acceptance, and kindness."
Read an interview with Adam Gustavson, illustrator of Hannah's Way (Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Younger Readers Category) at Here in HP!
A highlight: "I’ve always drawn; my mother was an artist when I was
growing up, and my brothers and I drew like most other kids would play
ball. It was a big part of how we played together. My father, an
engineer, used to come home with art supplies he’d picked up for us on
his way home from work. I grew up in the only household for miles and
miles where a crisis consisted of my mother trying to find out just who
took her kneaded eraser."
A highlight: "Young readers have much longer lives ahead of them. I
want them to be inspired by this man and by his character and actions.
I want kids to know that they too can make a positive difference in the
world. I want them to find their own heroes. And I want readers to
remember Raoul Wallenberg and to carry his story into their own futures.
We are all storytellers - kids will remember a great story and I hope
they will tell others and use its power for good in their own lives."
Read an interview with Deborah Heiligman, author of Intentions (Sydney Taylor Book Award in the Teen Readers Category) at The Fourth Musketeer!
A highlight: "I wanted to capture that moment in a teen's life when she
realizes that someone she adores and even idolizes is flawed. That
happened to me in a pretty spectacular way in my community growing up
(though not quite as spectacularly as in the book!) and it was a truly
painful time. That moment informs who you become I think--because how
you deal with it can shape the rest of your life."