Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma Becomes First Bilingual Book to Win Texas Bluebonnet

Ghost Fever/Mal de Fantasma by Joe Hays, illustrated by Mona Pennypacker (Cinco Puntos, 2004) is the winner of the Texas Library Association‘s 2006-2007 Bluebonnet award. The title is a bilingual middle reader, and this signifies the first time a bilingual book has won the award. According to the TLA website, the award program “accounts for over 850,000 books read through the direct influence of Texas librarians.”

See a Cynsations interview with publisher Lee Merrill Byrd of Cinco Puntos.

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Thanks to debut author Greg R. Fishbone for featuring Cynsations as a Word of the Day. Read a Cynsations interview with Greg. Thanks also to Carrie Jones and A Fuse #8 Production for linking to this interview and the latter for also noting my recommendation of The Silenced by James DeVita (Laura Geringer Books/HarperCollins, June 2007).

“Stone Listens to Tough Inner Editor:” an exclusive Authorlink interview with Tanya Lee Stone, author of A Bad Boy Can Be Good For A Girl (Wendy Lamb/Random House, 2006) by Susan VanHecke from Authorlink. Read a Cynsations interview with Tanya on this same title.

Surf over to Spookycyn for “Windy City Predators,” the low-down on my research trip to Chicago.

The Writer’s League of Texas has launched its recently redesigned website.