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2016 Judge: Mariko Tamaki
Mariko Tamaki made ALA award history when This One Summer (the First Second/Macmillan graphic novel she co-created with her cousin Jillian Tamaki) won both a Printz and Caldecott Honor in 2015! In April 2016, Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan will publish Mariko’s Saving Montgomery Sole–a YA novel about an outcast girl who explores the mysteries of friendship, family, faith, and phenomena, including the greatest mystery of all, herself. Mariko is Canadian and currently lives in California.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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