The Children’s Book Guild will present its annual Nonfiction Award on Saturday, April 5, 2014, to Candace Fleming for her substantial body of consistently high-quality nonfiction books for children of various ages. The author of more than 20 children’s books in different genres, Fleming has written the following acclaimed biographies: Amelia Lost (2011; 2012 Golden Kite Award for Nonfiction), The Great and Only Barnum (2009), The Lincolns (2008; Boston Globe/Horn Book Award), Our Eleanor (2005) and Ben Franklin's Almanac (2003).
“Remember I am your biggest fan alive!”
“I bought The Agony of Alice at a school book fair in the third or fourth grade, and it really did change my life.”
“At 24, as an almost attorney, I have loved reading every single book, and still eagerly await each Alice book every year all the same.”
This year, though, will be different. The very last Alice book is being published in October, a 500-page chronicle of Alice’s life from college to having her own children and becoming a grandparent.
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor introduced Alice McKinley to the world in 1985 in The Agony of Alice. Naylor told Publishers Weekly in a recent interview that “I began thinking about embarrassing things that happened to me during my life – tell me a year and I can tell you something embarrassing that happened – and I thought that might make a funny story. And then when the book was published, reviewers began mentioning that Alice’s fans will await her further adventures, and that’s when we decided on making a series.” So Alice became a series, ending in October 2013 with Now I’ll Tell You Everything: the culmination of an “essential series,” writes Kirkus Reviews.