2017 Young People’s Literature Award to Ali Standish

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Cover Art by Matt SaundersAAUW of North Carolina is pleased to announce the winner of the 2017  AAUW NC Young People’s Literature Award: Ali Standish for The Ethan I Was Before.

For more than 60 years, the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association has administered this award (formerly known as the AAUW Juvenile Literature Award) to be presented to a North Carolinian for the best example of juvenile literature published in the previous year.

The award will be presented at the Nov. 17 meeting of the  Association, and the author plans to join the members of AAUW NC at its annual meeting on March 24, 2018.

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  1. From AAUW NC Co-President, Cherrie Wheaton:

    It was a gorgeous fall afternoon November 17, 2017, when Cherrie Wheaton met Ali Standish
    and her Finnish husband, Aki, for lunch prior to the award ceremony at the Double Tree Inn in
    Raleigh. Her book, The Ethan I Was Before, was deemed the best in juvenile literature in the
    state, judged on creativity, imaginative quality, excellence of style, appeal to diverse groups,
    and relevance to the people of North Carolina. Ali was the 64th winner of this award, sponsored
    by AAUW NC and the NC Literary and Historical Society. This is her first book! The award is
    granted only to authors who live in the state. Although Ali has traveled extensively, she grew up
    in Summerfield, NC and currently lives in Raleigh.

    AAUW NC will purchase copies of her book for each of the 17 branches in the state so they can
    donate this book to their community library, giving more young people an opportunity to read
    good literature. You can pick up the book at the Annual Conference in March. You’ll have the
    opportunity to get a signed edition and chat with this lovely young author then. Ali confessed
    to Cherrie that she is well into writing her second book for young people.

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