As promised in the March/April 2010 Scribe, here is full interview with WLT member Jacqueline Kelly, who won Newbery Honor in January for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, 2009).
What was your reaction when you found out that your book won a Newbery Honor?
I was exhausted and driving home from a long afternoon of testifying for a legal case when my phone rang. My agent, Marcy Posner, was on the line, yelling with excitement. It’s always a good sign when your agent is yelling on the phone—so far, at least!
When you set out to write Calpurnia Tate, did you ever dream of winning a major honor or landing on the New York Times best-seller list?
I had no idea that either would happen. I wasn’t sure that people would “get” my Continue reading