Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Award Winning Happiness
When I heard the news that Jack Gantos had been awarded the 2012 Newbery Award for his novel Dead End in Norvelt, I was elated and began firing off emails to other members of the entwood here to let them know the momentous news.
I highly recommend the audio version of the book read by Gantos himself. It is an excellent way to enjoy this semi-autobiographical tale. He knows where he put all the jokes, ellipses and tender moments and delivers them perfectly.
The Troika of Jack Fansanity (Jules at Seven Imp, the brilliant Adrienne at What Adrienne Thinks about That and myself) was engaged in a day long happy-dance and conga line through emails and Facebook posts.
Jack has been recognized with Newbery honors and other awards in the past. Last week Dead End in Norvelt was awarded the 2012 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
Winning THE Newbery Medal means that iconic gold medal will forever grace the cover of his book. It is a validation of his wonderful writing. "Writing is hard work" Gantos told my students several years ago when he visited my library. I am overjoyed his hard work has been recognized and rewarded.
Congratulations Jack Gantos!
Here is his presentation with the from the National Book Festival, Fall 2011.
I know his Newbery Award acceptance speech will be a humdinger. No one who hears him speak, ever forgets it. Listen to the crowd roaring with laughter here.