Minneapolis author wins prestigious children's literature award

She won for her book The Girl Who Drank the Moon
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A Minneapolis author has received the most prestigious award in children's literature.

Kelly Barnhill won the Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature for her young adult novel, The Girl Who Drank the MoonIt's the story of young girl named Luna who is raised by a witch, a swamp monster and a tiny dragon. She is accidentally filled with magic that she has to figure out how to unlock.

This is the latest award for The Girl Who Drank the Moon. Others include being named a New York and Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2016 and Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016, Algonquin Young Readers says.

Barnhill is from Minneapolis, and her website says her various former jobs – they range from teacher to bartender to janitor and park ranger – helped prepare her "for exactly nothing – save for the telling of stories."

And she's been doing it for awhile. She's also written The Witch's Boy, Iron Hearted Violet and The Mostly True Story of Jack, among others.

Another Minneapolis writer was also honored Monday, the Star Tribune says. Caren Stelson won the Robert Sibert honor for her book Sachiko. It's the story of Sachiko Yasui's experience surviving the atomic bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki when she was 6 years old.

The book was also a candidate for the National Book Award.

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