Monday, June 15, 2015

2015 Crystal KIte Awards part 2

By Susan J Berger
The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. This is the second post on the 2015 Crystal Kite award. The first is here.
Again: The Crystal Kite is a rather odd award in that there are no Categories. Therefore a picture book may be competing against a young adult novel. 

Midwest (Minnesota/Iowa/Nebraska/Wisconsin/Illinois/Michigan/Indiana/Ohio)

I am Cow, Hear Me Moo by  Jill Esbaum, illustrated by Gus Gordon

Nadine was a truly remarkable cow.
There was nothing she feared –
so she claimed, anyhow.
“Not lightning?” asked Starla. “Loud noises? A rat?”
“I’m not scared,” Nadine boasted, “of any of that.”
“The woods?” asked Annette. “‘Cause that place scares me stiff.”
“Not me,” bragged Nadine, with a proud little sniff.
This was not available online. I contacted Jill, via Facebook and she graciously sent the first page to me. I definitely want to read this book. My kind of fun.

New England (Maine/Vermont/New Hampshire/Connecticut/Massachusetts/Rhode Island)

Feathers: Not Just for Flying by  Melissa Stewart, illustrated by Sarah Brannen –
Young naturalists meet sixteen birds in this elegant introduction to the many uses of feathers.

Birds and feathers go together like trees and leaves, like stars and the sky.

Thanks to Melissa Stewart for sending me the first line! I love it.

New York

 Sniffer Dogs: How Dogs (And Their Noses) are Saving The World by Nancy Castaldo –

Eli, a four-year-old bomb-sniffing black Labrador, was assigned to work alongside Marine Pfc. Colton Rusk, an improvised explosive device detection dog handler. The two left for a tour in Afghanistan on September 23, 2010, Colton's twentieth birthday and became inseparable. In fact Colton often broke protocol by letting Eli sleep with him on his cot instead of the regulation kennel on the floor. And on his Facebook page Colton wrote under a photo of Eli, "What's mine is his." There was no question of the bond the two shared.

Southeast (Florida/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Alabama)

Just a Drop of Water by Kerry Cerra, illustrated by Katy Betz

September 7, 2001
I’d rather dunk my head in a school toilet than run cros country. All the tree branches and roots are like landmines. They slow me down. Besides, I’m not good for long distances –I’m more of a sprinter. You know, get from point A to point B as fast as possible, with a finish line always in sight and no surprises along the way. That’s running. Unfortunately, Coach makes us do cross country in the fall or we can’t run track in the spring. It’s stupid. They’re not the same sport at all.

Southwest (Nevada/Arizona/Utah/Colorado/Wyoming/New Mexico)

All Four Stars by  Tara Dairman 

Chapter 1

Gladys Gatsby stood at the counter with the spout of her father’s heavy blowtorch poised over the ceramic cup. Her finger hovered over the trigger button that was supposed to turn her plain little custards into crunchy, tasty treats. That’s when she heard a car door slam outside.


  Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood  by Varsha Bajaj

Chapter 1
Be careful what you wish for.
The one thing I want most in life . . . ? Hmm.
Miss Cooper needs to know that? Really?
My eyes dart from Zoey on my right to Priya diagonally across from me to the clock directly above Miss Cooper’s head. Three minutes to the bell. Unlike me, my friends are scribbling furiously.
I know I want to read this.


The Year of the Rat by Claire Furniss

I meant to write about death, only life came breaking in as usual.”
Virginia Woolf’s diary, 17 February 1922
The traffic light glows red through the rainy windscreen, blurred, clear, blurred again, as the wipers swish to and fro. Below it, in front of us, is the hearse. I try no to look at it.

                                                                                                                      West (Washington/Oregon/Alaska/Idaho/Montana/North Dakota/South Dakota)


Be a Change Maker: How to Start Something That Matters by Laurie Ann Thompson 

It's Your Turn Now

Change will not come if we wait for some other person or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change we seek.
 Barack Obama, 44th President of the United Stated of America in a speech to his supporters in Chicago on February 5, 2008

You've heard the saying, "If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself." I've found this to be true more often than one might expect. Sometimes it's because other people can't do it. They just don't have t skills or the tools that you do. Other times they just won't do it. It is, after all, what  you want, and it's your definition of right.
I kept reading this online. A very empowering book.

I hope you found a book you want to explore further. What's your favorite book you've read this year?


  1. I Am Writer.
    Hear Me Type.
    Cat Person

  2. Thanks for sharing this with us, Susan! Fun to read the first pages! Congrats to all the winners, especially Kerry and Katy (Go FL SCBWI)! ;)


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