The Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award, established in 2008, honors books in which the main character recognizes injustice and acts in a way to right the wrong. This award honors new children’s literature that best exemplifies the ideals of social action and in turn encourages young readers to become agents of change themselves by standing up to injustice.
From Antioch University's website:
"The Real Boy, written by Anne Ursu, is the winner of the seventh annual Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award. In this phenomenal story, a young boy growing up in an ever-changing world of magic risks his own life to save a town full of people that never appreciated him. This awe-inspiring book tells the story of magic, bravery, and friendship. The Real Boy was published in the United States in 2013 by Walden Pond Press. The award is given by the Education Department and will be presented to Ursu at the seventh annual Children’s Literature Conference."
Visit the Seventh Annual Horace Mann Award website to learn more.