When They Got the Call: PW Speaks with the 2017 Newbery and Caldecott Winners


‘Completely Gobsmacked’: Kelly Barnhill on Her 2017 Newbery Medal

Photo of Barnhill: Bruce Silcox

Some time ago, one of Kelly Barnhill’s children changed the ringtone on her cell phone to play the theme song from a 1970s TV show. She was “dead to the world” when that phone rang very early on Monday morning. “So that’s what woke me up at 5:15 a.m. – the theme song from Wonder Woman, only the greatest TV show theme song of all time,” said Barnhill. She is not sure who, specifically, was on the other end of the line with the astounding news that her fourth novel, The Girl Who Drank the Moon (Algonquin), had won the 2017 Newbery Medal. “I had no idea I was even on their radar. It was the furthest thing from my mind. I’m completely gobsmacked.”

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