Susan Patron for The Higher Power of Lucky:
After the called she described the day as “surreal.” "I think my first thought was that it was a hoax.... So I asked them, 'Are you sure?' I could hear them all laughing in the background. They said, 'No, we're very sure, it's the Newbery.' Patron kept her lips sealed until after watching the Webcast with her colleagues. The colleagues' response--"They just looked at me and started screaming.”
What he was doing was before “the call” was-- “...not all that exciting. I wasn't in the shower or anything.” He had this to say about his work-- "It came together in a way that felt so right. Everything I wanted to do, I was able to do. It felt really nice to have the book recognized. On the other hand, I thought, they can't possibly be calling me a third time! It's too unbelievable! Though I wonder if all the illustrators aren't growling…" What did he think about The Today Show? "I've been through all the hosts…Jane Pauley for Tuesday, Katie Couric for The Three Pigs, and this time we had the gang [Ann Curry, Al Roker and Natalie Morales]! I thought maybe I'd get Matt this time."
Cynthia Lord: Rules, Newbery Honor:
This is from Cindy’s blog (my personal favorite for "after the call"--
“Scholastic is mailing me a box of books to sign for the members of the Newbery and Schneider committees, and the person sending them suggested I write a note to go with the books. I would have done that, regardless, but--
Every time I place my hands on the keyboard, tears come to my eyes.
Words have never felt so poor and pale before. How do you take something so wide and powerful as what's in my heart and fit it into something so small and ordinary as a page of paper? It feels as impossible as trying to hold miles and miles of sky in my cupped hands.
I keep reading through those two lists of names, wishing I could put my arms around each one of those people and whisper in his or her ear,’You've changed my life.’”
That’s all for now folks! I’ll see if I can dig up more soon....