Posted on January 9th, 2016 by pajamapress
Dance of the Banished by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch has been selected as an Outstanding International Book by the United States Board on Books for Young People for 2016. This is a high honour given to a shortlist of books first published outside of the United States that are “deemed most outstanding of those published during the calendar year.” (USBBY website). These books:
- Represent the best of children´s literature from other countries
- Introduce American readers to outstanding authors and illustrators from other countries
- Help American children see the world from other points of view
- Provide a perspective or address a topic otherwise missing from children´s literature in the U.S.
- Exhibit a distinct cultural flavor
- Are accessible to American readers.
Dance of the Banished is also the winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People, a White Ravens Selection, a Junior Library Guild Selection, and a Best Books for Kids & Teens selection.