By Kent Larsen
LDS Author Wins 3rd Award For 'Stories of Young Pioneers'
NEW YORK, NEW YORK -- LDS Young Adult author Violet Kimball has
received a third award for her book, "Stories of Young Pioneers: In Their
Own Words," making the book one of the most awarded LDS books of the past
year. The most recent awards are from the magazine Foreword, a book review
magazine, which gave "Stories of Young Pioneers" their 2001 Book of the Year
Award in Young Adult Non-fiction, and from the Independent Book Publishers
Association, which made the title a finalist for the 2001 Juvenile Young
Adult Nonfiction Independent Publishers Book Award. The book covers the
experiences of young pioneers traveling through the west in the
mid-nineteenth century and is written for young readers.
Kimball's book earlier received a 2001 Spur Award, which recognizes the best
in Western writing. "Stories of Young Pioneers" is Kimball's second book,
following "Mormon Trail: Voyage of Discovery" which is accompanied by the
photographs of her husband, Mormon historian Stanley B. Kimball. In a recent
review in Booklist, reviewer Denise Wilms said that the book "can provide
valuable curriculum support, and history teachers may find that selected
details can spark a lively lesson." The publisher has also made available a
50 page teachers guide for using the book in the classroom.
The Foreword Magazine award was presented on Saturday, June 2nd at the
annual BookExpo America convention in Chicago, however, Kimball reports to
Mormon News that she was not informed of the award, which her publisher
learned about only after the convention was over. The Independent Publisher
Book Award, given for the 19th year, and also presented at BookExpo America.
It represents the best books among small, independent book publishers.
LDS Author Wins Spur Award
Stories of Young Pioneers In Their Own Words wins 3 Awards in 2001!
Independent Publisher Book Award