Q&A: Meet the 2012 Printz Award Winner John Corey Whaley
Last year, a debut author from a small town in Louisiana (WOOT! LOUISIANA PRIDE!) proudly/nervously anticipated the day that his book would hit store shelves. And when that magical day came, little did John Corey Whaley know that his days as an English teacher were numbered and his life as an award-winning author would soon begin. From becoming the first young adult author to ever receive the National Book Foundations ‘5 Under 35’ Honor, to winning the William C. Morris Debut Author Award AND the 2012 Michael L. Printz winner for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.
|Stephanie Wilkes of TLT and Printz Winner John Corey Whaley|
2.) I never had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich until I was 24 years old.
3.) Despite being a writer (and a rather quick one), I am a terribly slow reader-always have been. It sometimes takes me weeks to get through a book.
Today is the one year anniversary of the publication of the multiple award winning book Where Things Come Back. How are we celebrating? With a signed book giveaway of course. Follow the Rafflecopter instructions to enter to win. And be sure to read this Why YA? post to learn how grad student Callie Ann feels about Where Things Come Back.
John Corey Whaley is the 2012 Michael L. Printz and William C. Morris Award winner for his debut novel, Where Things Come Back. He was also named a 2011 5 Under 35 Author by the National Book Foundation. Find out more at his webpage and follow him on Twitter (@corey_whaley). Where Things Comes Back is the moving tale of Cullen Witter and his life in a small town with a missing brother, a missionary who is lost in other ways, and the strange reappearance of the extinct Lazarus Woodpecker. “Complex but truly extraordinary, tinged with melancholy and regret, comedy and absurdity, this novel finds wonder in the ordinary and emerges as ultimately hopeful. It’s about a lot more than what Cullen calls, “that damn bird.” It’s about the dream of second chances.” – from Goodreads.com “This extraordinary tale from a rare literary voice finds wonder in the ordinary and illuminates the hope of second chances.” – Amazon.com
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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