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[LIBRARY] Release: Center for the Book Announces Best Children/YA Books of Indiana
Start Date: 10/11/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 10/11/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

INDIANAPOLIS (October 11, 2012) - Winners and finalists have been named for the 2012 Best Books of Indiana Competition for children/YA – the second of four categories to be announced this fall.  The Indiana Center for the Book in the Indiana State Library thanks the many authors and publishers that entered the eighth-annual contest and congratulates the following 2012 honorees:

Children/YA Category:


Ashfall, by Mike Mullin (Indianapolis). Tanglewood Press, Terre Haute, IN

Best Books Finalists:

Fred and Fiona Flea: The Crown Jewels Caper, by Joan Bunte (Indianapolis) and Alison Madden (Chicago). Tate Publishing, Mustang, OK

Hidden, by Helen Frost (Fort Wayne). Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York City, NY

The Best Book award for Ashfall joins a growing list of accolades for Indianapolis author Mike Mullin. The book was also honored as an International Reading Association, 2012 Young Adults' Choices list; National Public Radio, 2011's Top 5 YA Novels, Kirkus Reviews, Best Teen Books of 2011; 2011 New Voices Selection, American Booksellers Association; 2011 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog Selection; Gold Star Award,; and Top Choice Award, Ashen Winter, Mullins highly anticipated sequel to Ashfall was released earlier this week.

Additionally, Helen Frost was named a Best Books finalist for the third time in four years. She won the contest in both 2010 (Crossing Stones) and 2009 (Diamond Willow). Joan Bunte and Alison Madden were named finalists with their first entry in the competition.

"I congratulate this year’s children/YA winner and finalists and thank the many authors and publishers that entered the 2012 contest," said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana State Librarian.  "One copy of each Best Book honoree will permanently join the works of great Hoosier authors like Gene Stratton Porter, James Whitcomb Riley and Kurt Vonnegut within the State Library’s Indiana Authors Room."

Ashfall and the author’s name will be engraved on a plaque in the Indiana Authors Room. One copy of each finalist entry will remain housed in the Authors Room indefinitely. Two copies of all 2012 Best Books entries have been added to the State Library's collection.  Indiana residents can borrow any Best Books of Indiana title from the State Library or request a copy via interlibrary loan at their local public library. 

The Indiana Center for the Books administers the Best Books of Indiana contest annually and accepts entries from Hoosier authors or books that have an Indiana theme or setting.  The competition accepts books published between January 1 and December 31 of the previous year and consists of four categories - children's/young adult, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. A panel of judges in each category considered all entries and chose finalists at their discretion. Entries were judged on the quality of writing, with organization and interpretation also considered. A complete listing of this year's finalists and judges' comments, as well as past years' winners and finalists, can be found on the Indiana Center for the Book's website.

About the Indiana Center for the Book:
The Indiana Center for the Book is a program of the Indiana State Library and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. The Center promotes interest in reading, writing, literacy, libraries, and Indiana's literary heritage by sponsoring events and serving as an information resource at the state and local level. The Center also supports both the professional endeavors and the popular pursuits of Indiana's residents toward reading and writing.


Contact Information:
Name: Drew Griffis
Phone: 317-650-6158
Best Books of Indiana
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