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Susan Hall Patron ‘69 Awarded ALA 2007 Newbery Medal Book Award

Susan Patron '69Susan Hall Patron ‘69 has been Awarded the American Library Association’s 2007 Newbery Medal Book Award for “most distinguished contribution to American literature for children of the year.”

When asked how she came to be a writer of children’s books for nine- to twelve-year-old children, Susan Patron ’69 responded “To paraphrase Judy Blume, writers for kids seek an inner child to tap into. My inner child seems to be about 10 or 11.”

The Higher Power of Lucky, the contemporary fiction novel that won her the coveted Newbery Medal Book award, took ten years to complete.

Higher Power of LuckyThe Higher Power of Lucky, her sixth book, was chosen from among some 10,000 children’s books published in 2006. The amazing book focuses on the protagonist,Lucky, who is an amalgamation of Patron’s imagination. Lucky is a charming and intelligent ten-year-old who seeks control in an adult-controlled world. Lucky, too, is an eavesdropper.

The award is presented by the American Library Association (ALA). “It’s amazing to receive this award after having participated in the Association as a librarian and having worked on some of its Committees for more than twenty years,” Paton said.

Will there be sequels? “Patron is “about three quarters finished with a companion novel.” This bodes of great reading to come for both children and adults alike.

Patron, an English major, graduated with the first full four year class at Pitzer College in 1969. “The spirit of Pitzer was exciting, like the times themselves—the feeling that one can make a difference. I also valued the smallness and intimacy of the College along with its town meetings,” she explained.

—Susan Andrews

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Author Susan Patron '69 (third from right) and Author David Wiesner (second from right) with NBC Today Show hosts in January, 2007.