Louis Sachar's "Holes" keeps filling up with honors. The bittersweet story about an innocent boy sent to a desert detention center won the American Library Association's Newbery Medal on Monday. Sachar's novel earned the National Book Award for young adult fiction last year. (See Monitor review Dec. 10.)
The ALA's other top honors went to Mary Azarian for "Snowflake Butterfly." The story about a boy who loves snow so much he is determined to take a picture of a snowflake won the Caldecott Medal for most distinguished picture book.
Angela Johnson received the Coretta Scott King Author Award for "Heaven," the story of a teenage girl whose life is changed when she finds out she is adopted.
Michele Wood won the King Illustrator Award for "i see the rhythm," a history of black music.