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After the Call: The Luckiest Guy in the World

Before I won the Newbery Medal, my dream had already come true. I was a published author. The quiet, melancholy stories I was always writing late at night, in my shared Brooklyn apartment, were turning into real-life books. The kind you could buy at a bookstore. Or check out from...

2016 Newbery Acceptance by Matt de la Peña

Baby Matt watches his father. Photo courtesy Matt de la Peña.“I had never known, never even imagined for a heartbeat, that there might be a place for people like us.”This is the last line of Denis Johnson’s short story collection Jesus’ Son, and it describes perfectly the way I felt...

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