We are pleased to announce the 2017 Association for Mormon Letters awards finalists in Middle Grade Novel and Young Adult Novel. The final awards will be announced and presented at the Mormon Scholars in the Humanities Conference, held at Brigham Young University on March 23. The finalists and winners are chosen by juries of authors, academics, and critics. The finalist announcements include blurbs about each of the books and author biographies, adapted from the author and publisher websites.
Middle Grade Novel
Ann Dee Ellis. You May Already Be A Winner. Penguin.
Twelve-year-old Olivia Hales has a foolproof plan for winning a million dollars so that she and her little sister, Berkeley, can leave behind Sunny Pines Trailer Park. But first she has to: – Fix the swamp cooler and make dinner and put Berkeley to bed because her mom is too busy to do all that. – Write another letter to her dad even though he hasn’t written back yet. – Teach Berk the important stuff, like how to make chalk drawings, because they can’t afford day care and Olivia has to stay home from school to watch her. – Petition her oddball neighbors for a circus spectacular, because there needs to be something to look forward to at dumb-bum Sunny Pines. – Become a super-secret spy to impress her new friend Bart. – Enter a minimum of fourteen sweepstakes a day. Who knows? She may already be a winner! Olivia has thought of everything . . . except herself. Who will take care of her when she needs it? Luckily, somewhere deep down between her small intestine and stomach is a tiny voice reminding her that sometimes people can surprise you–and sometimes your family is right next door. Continue Reading →