One Lucky Girl

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Even though their trailer is destroyed by a tornado one summer Sunday in 1961, Nick's family is grateful because they find his baby sister alive still in her crib. By the author of Book.

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George Ella Lyon, a prize-winning author and poet of more than twenty books, has many accomplishments to her name.

While the Kentucky native is known mostly for her children's books, her work reflects her great versatility. She has authored fifteen picture books. A poet, she recently wrote Counting on the Woods (DK Ink, 1998), which Booklist, in a starred review, called "a gem of a counting book." She has also written three novels for children. With a Hammer for My Heart (DK Ink, 1997), hailed by The Alan Review as "a powerful novel, compelling, engagingly written, with strongly painted characters," was her first novel for adults. She has also written two plays. Her most recent picture book for DK Ink is Book, illustrated by Peter Catalanotto, it was hailed as "beautiful in spirit and presentation" by the Houston Chronicle.

After graduating from Centre College with a degree in English, Lyon received her master's degree in English from the University of Arkansas and her doctorate in English Literature and Creative Writing from Indiana University. She wrote her dissertation on Virginia Woolf. She now resides in Lexington, Kentucky with her husband and two sons.

Both an author and a teacher, Lyon has been a Writer-in-Residence at Centre College and also taught in the English Program there. She works with students and teachers on writing, and she teaches at the Appalachian Writers Workshop at the Hindman Settlement School. Her author appearances have included speaking engagements at the International Reading Association conventions, as well as at various library and educational conferences.

Lyon has written for many magazines, including The New York Times Book Review, The American Voice, Appalachian Journal, Appalachian Heritage, Journal of Kentucky Studies, Language Arts (Interview), The Horn Book, Book Links (Interview)¸ Ohio Journal of the English Language Arts, and Library Talk (Profile).

The honors and awards she has received for her work are many. Her Catalpa, a volume of adult poems, was chosen as the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year; Borrowed Children, a novel for children, won the Golden Kite Award (SCBWI); Basket was the winner of the Kentucky Bluegrass Award; Comes a Tide, a picture book, was chosen as a Reading Rainbow Feature; and Mountain won the Lamont Hall Award.

Irene Trivas has illustrated many books, among them Anne Shelby's Potluck, Three Perfect Peaches by Cynthia DeFelice, and her own long-selling Emma's Christmas. She lives in West Newbury, Vermont.

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PreSchool-Grade 3-This exciting picture book skillfully balances a variety of emotions as a baby is swept away, crib and all, by a tornado, only to be discovered, after a few frantic moments, in a nearby field-safe and sound and still asleep. The story is told by the infant's older brother, Nick, in language that is both straightforward and poetic. He describes the storm as a "-black finger of wind twisting toward us" and his first sighting of his sister as "-a dream, the best you could ever have, the one where you find your treasure." Trivas's pastel illustrations effectively follow the nuances of the text; darker shades are used to depict the storm and its aftermath, and the backgrounds grow gradually warmer as Nick and his parents search breathlessly through the scattered remains of their trailer home. Careful details-a touch of blood on the mother's pale cheek, a black frying pan lying right side up in the yellow dirt, and a colorful mobile still attached to Becky's crib-draw the eye and help to bring the story home. Although children may experience a few moments of anxiety as the dramatic events unfold, they will be reassured by the wholeheartedly happy and triumphant ending.
Joy Fleishhacker, formerly at School Library Journal
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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