Congratulations to Laura Amy Schlitz for another Newbery honor. The 2008 Newbery Medal winner's latest book, "Splendors and Glooms," was named one of three Newbery Honor Books by the American Library Association. The winner of the 2013 medal was "The One and Only Ivan," by Katherine Applegate
In an interview last year, Schlitz, the librarian for the Park School, told the Baltimore Sun about the origins of the idea for "Splendors and Glooms," a tale about a wicked puppeteer and a powerful witch. "This book is a deeply personal story, and it goes back a very long way," she said. "When I was 4 years old, I woke up in the middle of the night and told my parents there was a witch crying outside in the boxwood bushes. I didn't know who she was or why she was crying, but I was terribly upset. My parents told me that there wasn't any witch and tucked me back into bed."
But she never let the idea rest. "I think that witch has been crying inside my head for the past 50 years, until I was finally able to write about her," the quiet, self-effacing Schlitz said in the interview.
Schlitz won the 2008 medal for "Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village."