2000 New Voices Award Winners
The Award Winner is Linda Boyden of Pukalani, Hawaii, for her picture book story The Blue Roses. This lyrically-told story, set in the Pacific Northwest, focuses on a young girl's relationship with her grandfather and how they both fit into the circle of life. It is based on a dream Linda had after her own grandfather died.
Of Cherokee and French Canadian ancestry, Linda has been adopted into the United Lumbee Nation. She is a retired elementary school teacher who now spends her time storytelling, writing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
We are also proud to have two Honor Award Winners.
Ghosts for Breakfast* by Stanley Todd Terasaki of Torrance, California, is a lively story set in California farming country of the early 1900s, where a young boy and his father search for the ghosts that have scared their three troublesome neighbors.
Stanley is a third generation Japanese American who serves as a public school assistant principal.
Raymond's Perfect Present by Therese On Louie of Bethesda, Maryland, is a touching, contemporary story with an urban setting. It tells of a young boy's efforts to find the perfect present to give his mother when she returns home after a stay in the hospital.
Therese is of Chinese American descent. She currently teaches English as a Second Language.