Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Previous On-the-Verge Emerging Voices Recipients


Collette Childers

Hypersleep, a story that explores a seventeen-year-old's attempt to find a cure for her juvenile arthritis by undergoing a radical cryonics treatment.

Sindhu Vijayasarathy

Instant Karma, the story of two girls from different centuries whose lives are inexorably linked through karma and reincarnation.


Jackie Dorothy

Wind Rider, the story of one Arapaho boy’s struggle to protect his family from an evil shaman while the battle between modernization and tradition plague his tribe’s reservation

Judy Allen Dodson

Fast Friends, the story of Jesse Owens and Marty Glickman’s inspiring relationship during the race for the gold medal at the 1936 Berlin Olympics


Heidi Kim

The Certainty of Tides, a poignant young adult novel.

Adria Quinones 

The Disappeared, a middle grade novel following one boy’s journey to reconcile the disappearance of his father.


Jennifer Baker 

The Facility, a YA thriller where newly-orphaned teens forget painful pasts and embrace their supernatural abilities for better or worse 

Tiemdow Phumiruk 

Mela in the Jungle, a picture book Thai fable set along the Ping River of a girl lost in the jungle and the kindness of one animal that saves her.


Mary Louise Sanchez
The Wind Called My Name – The story of a Hispanic family in the 1930s in the Southwest. 

Sandra Headen
Cato's Last Home Run – A book about the historic Negro Baseball League.

Alex Brown
Astral – A science fiction novel written by a young bi-racial woman from Tennessee.