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YA Novel "Bluefish" by Pat Schmatz Wins 2012 Burr/Worzalla Award

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on Monday, July 16, 2012 in Awards
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Young Adult novel, “Bluefish,” written by Wisconsin native Pat Schmatz and published by Candlewick Press, has won the 2012 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature for children written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. In “Bluefish” we meet Travis, a middle school student dealing with relocating to a new town, his alcoholic grandfather at home, and being an outsider at school. Travis befriends Velveeta, an outsider herself who has her own secrets. Travis finds guidance and direction through his friendship with Velveeta and through the kindness of his teacher Mr. McQueen who teaches Travis how to read. Pat Schmatz weaves a wonderfully written story, full of charming characters and a strong theme of friendship. The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Tom Lichtenheld Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for his contribution...

Easy Reader Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters Wins 2011 Burr/Worzalla Award

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The 2011 Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award winner is the sixth book from the popular and loveable easy reader series, Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters, written by Wisconsin native Dori Chaconas and published by the Viking Group. The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually awards the Burr/Worzalla to the most distinguished work in literature for children written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator.In Cork and Fuzz: The Babysitters, Dori Chaconas tells another chapter in the lives of her characters Cork and Fuzz, the muskrat and possum duo. Dori tells a charming and amusing story, weaving in lots of humor and fun, with a good lesson to be learned as Cork and Fuzz learn the responsibilities of babysitting and the importance of helping others.The Children’s Book Award Committee also named Barbara Joosse the 2011 Notable Wisconsin Author/Illustrator for her contribution to the world of children’s literature....