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Announcing the Winner of the Sue Alexander Award

Selected from manuscripts submitted for individual critiques by editors and agents at the SCBWI Annual Conference in Los Angeles, the Sue Alexander Award is given to the manuscript deemed most promising for publication.

WINNER: “Roots and Rosemary” by Shaleen Woods
“Roots and Rosemary” is a middle grade novel in verse.
Eleven-year-old Rosie has always felt closer to plants than people. She’s never quite fit in anywhere: she’s half-Mexican, but doesn’t speak Spanish, she loves drawing, but struggles in school, and is constantly disappointing her perfectionist mother. Now she’s stuck spending the whole summer with her mother while they take care of her sick abuela in San Diego, and her dad won’t be there to play referee. But it turns out the secret to Rosie’s roots lies within the flowers she loves, and connects her to her family in surprising ways.
Wood’s synopsis will be presented to an esteemed group of hand-selected editors and agents. To learn more about the Sue Alexander Award, visit the official award page.
About Sue Alexander
Sue Alexander was the first member to join SCBWI and was vitally involved with the organization from its inception to her death in 2008. Her responsibilities for SCBWI included, among others, serving as Chairperson of the Board of Advisors (thirty-three years), managing the office (twenty years), coordinating—with Lin Oliver—the August conference in California (twenty-five years), and coordinating the Golden Kite Awards (twenty-five years). She was the author of more than twenty-five books for young people, including World Famous Muriel; Small Plays for Special Days; Witch, Goblin and Sometimes Ghost; Sara’s City and award-winners Lila on the Landing; Nadia the Willful; and Behold the Trees. In addition to her books, she wrote stories for magazines and for the Los Angeles Times “Kids’ Reading Room” several times a year.