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Craft, Nelson win book honors

NEW YORK (AP) — Jerry Craft’s “New Kid,” a graphic novel about a 7th grader’s struggle to adjust to a private school with little diversity, has won the John Newbery Medal for the year’s best children’s book. “New Kid” also received the Coretta Scott King Award for an outstanding work by an African American writer.

Kadir Nelson won the Randolph Caldecott Medal for his illustration of “The Undefeated,” a poetic tribute to African American history, featuring the words of Kwame Alexander. “The Undefeated” was also a runner-up for the Newbery prize, won by Alexander in 2015 for “The Crossover,” and won the Coretta Scott King prize for best illustrated book.

The prizes were announced Monday by the American Library Association during its annual mid-winter meeting, held this year in Philadelphia.

Other winners include A.S. King’s “Dig,” named the outstanding young adult novel, and Colson Whitehead’s novel “The Nickel Boys,” cited as one of 10 books for adults that appealed to young people.

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