SCBWI loves celebrating our members’ successes and noteworthy news, and there are many! Read on to find out who’s got something to shout about. Digital high-fives welcome in the comments!



On April 29, 2017, Maria Alexander’s debut YA novel, Snowed, won the 2016 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel. Presenting the honor at the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards banquet were authors Gretchen McNeil (TenI’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl) and JG Faherty (Ghosts of Coronado BayThe Cure). Snowed, a paranormal mystery, was published by Raw Dog Screaming Press on November 2, 2016. Maria is repped by Alex Slater at Trident Media Group.


Alexander Graham Bell Answers the Call, by Mary Ann Fraser, published by Charlesbridge, is a Junior Library Guild Selection.



Suspense Magazine named Christina Hoag’s YA novel Girl on the Brink, which chronicles a teen girl’s abusive relationship, to its Best of 2016 YA list.




Orphan Trains: Taking the Rails to a New Life, by Rebecca Langston-George, was selected by the Children’s Book Council & NCSS (National Council of Social Studies) as a Notable Social Studies Trade Book of 2017 for grades 9-12.




Hillary Rodham Clinton: Some Girls Are Born to Lead, by Michelle Markel, was named to ALA’s Amelia Bloomer List of recommended feminist literature for children (2017).


In March, Lee Wardlaw was inducted into the Santa Barbara High School Wall of Fame. The 15th annual award ceremony, co-sponsored by the SBHS Alumni Association and the ASB student body, honored Lee for her “lifetime achievement and contribution to society” as the author of 30 books for young readers. Lee is a 1973 graduate of SBHS.



Won Ton and Chopstick – A Cat and Dog Tale Told in Haiku, written by Lee Wardlaw and illustrated by Eugene Yelchin (Holt) received the first annual BookSource Scout Award for Best Children’s Poetry Book 2016. (Won Photo – used previously)




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