“Most people don't realize how important librarians are. I ran across a book recently which suggested that the peace and prosperity of a culture was solely related to how many librarians it contained. Possibly a slight overstatement. But a culture that doesn't value its librarians doesn't value ideas and without ideas, well, where are we?”
Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Introducing The Fabulous Jenni Holm!

A Multiple Newbery Honoree and Co-creator of the Graphic Mouse Queen...

While I was at ALA, I had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Newbery Honoree Jenni Holm who was honored this year for her fabulous book Turtle in Paradise. I absolutely loved Turtle and highly recommend reading it. It is a historical fiction book as well as a coming of age story written about a young girl named Turtle who is shipped off to Key West during the depression to stay with her aunt and cousins – her are unaware she is coming. It’s a story of Key West before it was a tourist town; a story of life with the bare minimum.

Jenni Holm is not new to winning Newbery Honors. She has won them before for her novels Our Only May Amelia and Pennies From Heaven, also historical fiction. She also writes the incredibly popular BabyMouse series in collaboration with her brother Matt. In fact, my interview was prompted by my daughter’s love of the BabyMouse series. Every elementary library I have spent time in – Roberts, Wayne, and Radnor – has had trouble keeping the books on the shelf. And there is good news from the Holms team! They are producing a second series that is gender neutral called Squish! Squish is about a baby amoeba and while I haven’t read it yet, I am sure that it will be a winner given Jenni and Matt’s track record.

Me and Jenni Holm at the 2011 ALA National Convention in New Orleans.
Example of German mouse toy both Jenni and I played with as children.  These mice came in a variety of different clothes.  They now sell for quite a bit of money as collectors items.
Brother and sister team Matt and Jenni Holm.

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