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2014 Judge: Sheila Turnage
Sheila Turnage lives on a farm in North Carolina with her husband, their finicky dog, a dozen chickens and a flock of hysterical guineas. In between driving into town for chicken feed and cooking for the dog, she writes novels for middle grade readers. Her first, Three Times Lucky, features Miss Moses LoBeau and Dale Earnhardt Johnson III. It won a Newbery Honor and made the New York Times Bestsellers List. Mo and Dale’s second mystery, The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing, has just come out and has received four starred reviews.
Still, the chickens are not impressed.
Sheila’s currently writing a third Mo & Dale mystery, and is delighted to be part of SLJ’s Battle of the Books!
Her author website is http://www.sheilaturnage.com/.
About Battle Commander
The Battle Commander is the nom de guerre for children’s literature enthusiasts Monica Edinger and Roxanne Hsu Feldman, fourth grade teacher and middle school librarian at the Dalton School in New York City and Jonathan Hunt, the County Schools Librarian at the San Diego County Office of Education. All three have served on the Newbery Committee as well as other book selection and award committees. They are also published authors of books, articles, and reviews in publications such as the New York Times, School Library Journal, and the Horn Book Magazine. You can find Monica at educating alice and on twitter as @medinger. Roxanne is at Fairrosa Cyber Library and on twitter as @fairrosa. Jonathan can be reached at email@example.com.
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