Rita Lorraine is Lee and Low’s New Voice Award Winner!

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Hi Everybody!
Well, it finally happened! One of my picture books has finally found a home. By the way, this is a picture of me cheesing for the camera as I sit at my antique Underwood typewriter. Forgive the scratches on the desk…it’s antique too, and it hasn’t been refinished.

Here’s the story: On December 20, 2012, I got a telephone call from Lee and Low Publishers, telling me that I have been chosen as their 2012 New Voices Awards Winner. Here’s the link to their article:

http://tinyurl.com/cgz3oyh

My story is called “Uncle Billy’s Family Reunion,” and it’s the true story of an enslaved African American man working in Chattanooga, Tennessee (my hometown!) in the 1800’s.

I wrote a more detailed post about my win; how I screamed and tossed Fritos corn chips all over the place in my unbridled glee.

To read this post on my writer’s blog, “Rita Writes History,”
CLICK HERE:

I’m so thrilled to have won, and I’m looking forward to the day when my own historical picture book can join the ranks with the books I feature here.

I hope you’ll celebrate with me.

Best wishes and happy writing,

Rita Lorraine

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