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2013 Judge: Franny Billingsley

Franny writes middle-grade and young-adult fantasies.  Her most recent novel, Chime, was nominated for the National Book Award. Her novel The Folk Keeper won the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the Mythopoeic Award.  She’s written one picture book, Big Bad Bunny, and would like to write more because they consist of so few words, but that’s also the problem: The words are so few, she can never find them.  She teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives in Mexico.

Franny Billingsley credit Miranda PettengillChime

        (photo credit: Miranda Pettengill)


  1. Get out of town. I just started reading her first novel WELL WISHED last night. I’m going to take that as some sore of telepathic ability on my part. How did I never realize that Billingsly wrote BIG BAD BUNNY – such a fun read aloud.

    We have a deliciously written analysis in our future. In fact based on the two judges so far we can positively plan on an overindulgence of lovely language.

  2. Cool! I shall look out for Big Bad Bunny–it is a very appealling title!

  3. Yay!! The Folk Keeper is one of my favorite books. She’s such a lyrical writer. I can’t wait to read her review.


    Chime = one of my favorite books of 2011.

  5. BIG BAD BUNNY is a BIG favorite at our house.

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