I am delighted to announce that my cousin Beverley Brenna‘s YA novel about a girl with Asperger’s Syndrome, Waiting for No One, has won the Dolly Gray Children’s Literature award for 2012 along with one other intermediate/YA novel and two picture books. To learn more about Bev’s book, to learn about the award itself, and to find out how you can enter a giveaway for a copy of this book, click on “read more” below…


First, a little about the book:

Waiting for No One is the second in a planned trilogy about Taylor Jane Simon, who is eighteen and three-quarters as the book opens. She deals with Asperger’s Syndrome, which Bev, as a former special education teacher and consultant, writes about intelligently and fluently. Above all, Taylor is a very real, human teenager, who sees life through a different window of perspective, but who still experiences all the thoughts, emotions and questions of any other teen. To read a review of Waiting for No One, as well as the book that precedes it in the trilogy, Wild Orchid, I invite you to go to the blog of my writing colleague, Patricia Tilton, Children’s Books Heal. To read an interview with Bev herself, click this link to my previous blog.

And now, about the award! First, a quote from the press release (pdf):

December 20, 2011 – The Dolly Gray Children’s Literature Award will be presented on January 19, 2012 at the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD) international conference in Miami Beach, Florida. The intermediate/young adult award will be presented to Kathryn Erskine, author of Mocking Bird and Beverley Brenna, author of Waiting for No One. In the picture book category, the awards go to Rebecca Elliott, author/illustrator of Just Because, and Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete (authors) and Shane W. Evans (illustrator) for My Brother Charlie.

The Dolly Gray Award recognizes high quality fiction/biographical books for children, adolescents, and young adults that authentically portray individuals with developmental disabilities. 

Read more about the Award, and the Foundation that presents it, at the website of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities.

And, the giveaway! I have one copy of Waiting for No One to give away. Note that because of some of the language used in the book, I am opening the giveaway only to blog-readers over the age of 14. (Sorry, Erik!) Anyone over the age of 14 who comments on this post, or on my regular Monday Musings post on January 9, 2011 or January 16, 2011 will be entered in a draw (through random.org to ensure impartiality). Each comment you make on any of those three posts will be considered one entry. The winner will be announced the day Bev accepts her award, Thursday, January 19, 2011. I will post the winner at noon Eastern time, that day.

 Finally, a loud, hearty CONGRATULATIONS, BEV! I’m so proud of you.

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