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“Mending Lucille” WINS Crichton Award ; Nominated for the Family Therapist’ Award!NS

MENDING LUCILLE WINS THE CRICHTON AWARD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

“Mending Lucille” has been nominated for two very important awards in Australia, the Family Therapists’ Award and the Crichton Award! It has WON the CRICHTON!

Sarah Davis has won “New Illustrator of the Year” in the Crichton Award for her AMAZING  art work in our picture book, “Mending Lucille” [Lothian/Hachette Livre].

It was also voted one of the 10 best children’s books for 2008 by the New Zealand Listener, the leading journal of review in New Zealand.

I am so thrilled Lothian/Hachette gave me the opportunity to go search for an illustrator and that  I found Sarah on the internet! Despite having no funds to pay Sarah for it, her  spontaneous “love it” for the manuscript persuaded her to do a sample for Lothian – the rest, as they say, is history! Thank you Sarah from the bottom of my heart for agreeing to take on the manuscript of a relative unknown and for ‘seeing’  what it had to say!

Here is the site announcement   – http://cbca.org.au/crichtonaward.htm

The annual Australian Family Therapists’ Award for Children’s Literature is awarded by the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Family Therapy (ANZJFT). A book for older readers, and one for younger readers, are awarded  for being the best books of the year to be useful for therapists in practice. A list of books recommended for use by therapists is also announced by ANZJFT. “Mending Lucille” has been nominated for the Young Readers/Picture Book Award.

Being Nominated for the Family Therapists Award is  deeply meaningful for Sarah and myself . It recognises the contribution our book has made in tackling a very sensitive topic, the loss of  a parent or central carer, and in making available to therapists, counselors, teachers and others involved with children in such a traumatic loss, a resource that is seen to be able to help the child at their point of need.  Adults too have responded  to the book and have found reading  it very therapeutic in helping them deal with such a loss of their own, often buried deep in their past.

Here’s hoping Sarah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cover of "Mending Lucille" by J.R.Poulter, illustrated by Sarah Davis [Lothian]

"Mending Lucille" by J.R.Poulter, illustrated by Sarah Davis, Lothian

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10 responses to ““Mending Lucille” WINS Crichton Award ; Nominated for the Family Therapist’ Award!NS

  1. Mariana April 1, 2009 at 7:18 am

    CONGRATULATIONS!! The nominations are definitely well deserved and I have all fingers and toes crossed for the both of you. xxx

  2. Jan Ramage April 1, 2009 at 7:50 am

    Fantastic work Sarah and well done Jennifer. What an exciting time for both.
    Looking forward to reading the book and enjoying the artwork.

  3. Donald James Parker April 1, 2009 at 11:42 am

    Awesome. Congrats to you both!!
    Donald James Parker
    Author of Reforming the Potter’s Clay

  4. Emelda Dejean April 1, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Congratulations to you. A well deserved award. GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. theartofpuro April 2, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Hi Jennifer,congratulations to you and Sarah,the cover is wonderful and inside illustrations will be the same and about your script ,what to say…I love how you write

  6. Jan Ramage April 2, 2009 at 11:17 am

    The book must be truly beautiful, as it deals with such an important issue, losing a family member – unfortunately we all must face that one sooner or later.

    Well done, fantastic and congratulations on the therapy award nomination.

    Best wishes Jan

  7. Jan Ramage April 5, 2009 at 12:10 am

    Thankyou Jennifer,
    The book is – I’m just the little person typing the words. I was very fortunate to meet a brilliant artist and I’m also a great lover of trees, particulartly tuarts as I have grown up with one, built my first cubby house in it as a child and enjoyed the bird’s eye view with my great friends Pepy the sausage dog and Sammy-can my cat – and so we all became ‘Tuart Dwellers’ At an early age my parents made sure I was surrounded by nature – so it’s engrained in me – the beauty and intellegence of nature. Cheers Jan

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