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Michigan Children's Book Award Winner Announced

Michigan Children's Book Award Winner Announced Michigan Library Association names the best children's book of the year June 14, 2007, Lansing, MI The Children's Services Division of the Michigan Library Association (MLA) is pleased to announce that RULES by Cynthia Lord, published by Scholastic Press, is the winner of the 2006 Mitten Award. RULES is a funny, poignant, thoughtful look at sibling relationships and the intrinsic value of a person. Twelve-year-old Catherine has created a list of rules to help her younger brother, David, navigate the world. David has autism, and Catherine experiences a range of emotions with him, from frustration to protectiveness to a wry appreciation for his point of view. A typical middle-grade girl, Catherine also explores the rules of friendship in her own life, with Kristi, the new girl she'd like to impress, and Jason, a non-verbal paraplegic young man who shares her sense of humor. Sensitive, realistic, and humorous, this first novel by Cynthia Lord is great for discussion. RULES won a Newbery Honor Medal and the Schneider Family Book Award, as well as the MLA Mitten Award, and is an American Library Association Notable Children's Book. This is Cynthia Lord's first novel. Lord will accept her award at the Michigan Library Association's Spring Institute conference, to be held May 7-9, 2008 in Grand Rapids, MI. Three honor titles were selected by the 2006 Mitten Award committee: THE MIRACULOUS JOURNEY OF EDWARD TULANE by Kate DiCamillo (published by Candlewick Press), CLEMENTINE by Sara Pennypacker (published by Hyperion Books for Children), and COUNTING ON GRACE by Elizabeth Winthrop (published by Wendy Lamb Books). The mission for the Mitten Award is to recognize one children's book published in the United States within the calendar year that has captured the attention of the children's librarians throughout the State of Michigan for its ability to communicate through literature to an intended audience. A committee, consisting of Children's Librarians from all over Michigan, meets several times during the year to determine the winner.