This year’s winner of the Karen Cushman Late Bloomer Award is Danielle Sunshine, author of the middle grade historical fiction manuscript GUYS LIKE US.
SUMMARY: It’s 1920 in Cincinnati and eleven-year-old baseball fanatic Solomon Skaletsky is crushed to hear that the White Sox cheated and threw the 1919 World Series to his beloved Reds. When Sol’s family – Jewish immigrants who want nothing more than a slice of the American dream – is threatened with eviction, a fellow newsie coincidentally entrusts him with his life’s savings and Sol must now reckon with what it means to do the right thing.
Danielle Sunshine’s manuscript will be shown to a hand-selected list of acquiring agents and editors. She will also receive a $500 prize and free tuition to any in-person SCBWI conference.