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Wichita author Clare Vanderpool receives Printz honor

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 12:23 p.m.
  • Updated Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, at 6:51 p.m.

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Wichita author Clare Vanderpool has received another prestigious book award.

Vanderpool’s second novel, “Navigating Early,” was named a Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association on Monday. The award, named for Michael L. Printz, recognizes excellence in literature written for young adults.

The 2014 Printz Award winner was “Midwinterblood” by Marcus Sedgwick, the association announced. Vanderpool’s novel was one of four named Printz Honor Books.

The winner of this year’s Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book is “Locomotive,” illustrated by Brian Floca. The Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature went to Kate DiCamillo for “Flora & Ulysses.”

Vanderpool was awarded the Newbery Medal in 2011 for her debut novel, “Moon Over Manifest.”

“Navigating Early,” which was published last year, is the story of a landlocked Kansas boy who is uprooted after his mother’s death and placed in a boarding school in Maine.

Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @suzannetobias.

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