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NO. R-143. JOINT RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING KAREN HESSE ON BEING NAMED THE 1998 RECIPIENT OF THE JOHN NEWBERY MEDAL.

(J.R.H. 100)

Offered by: Representative Darrow of Newfane.

Whereas, an early childhood introduction to the wonders of the printed word assures a lifetime of pleasure and personal enrichment, and

Whereas, a diverse and growing collection of quality books for children will continue to entice young readers to peruse the printed page, and

Whereas, since 1922, the American Library Association has annually awarded the John Newbery Award to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children, and

Whereas, the Newbery Award is the highest accolade that can be bestowed on an author of children's books, and

Whereas, Karen Hesse of Newfane devoted many years to lovingly and tirelessly creating thoughtful novels for children that publishers refused to accept, and

Whereas, despite these initial difficulties, which are unfortunately common among new authors, she valiantly persisted, and ten of her outstanding novels have now been published and critically praised, and

Whereas, Karen Hesse is a regular participant in public readings at the Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro, and

Whereas, her most recently published work "Out of the Dust," a vividly realistic portrayal of a young girl coping with, and ultimately reconciling herself to, the death of her mother has attracted extensive favorable comment, and

Whereas, the American Library Association, in recognition of this very readable and provoking children's publication, has voted to award Karen Hesse the 1998 John Newbery Medal, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate:

That the Vermont General Assembly is pleased to extend its congratulations, and best wishes for continued literary success, to Karen Hesse on the receipt of this most distinguished award in the field of children's literature, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Karen Hesse.