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MFAC Alum Wins Sid Fleischman Humor Award

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Molly Burnham (MFAC '10) has been awarded the Sid Fleischman Humor Award for her middle grade novel, Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker. Given with the Golden Kite Awards, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award is an award for authors whose work exemplifies the excellence of writing in the genre of humor. The SCBWI established the award to honor humorous work, so often overlooked in children’s literature by other award committees.   

About the book

Teddy Mars is determined to stand out in a world full of wonders and a house bursting with siblings. With the help of his best friends, Teddy tries to build the biggest snow mound, stuff the most grapes in his mouth, and lift a chair with his teeth. He’ll do anything to succeed—even if it means sleeping in a tent and cleaning up pigeon poop for Grumpy Pigeon Man. Too bad his pesky little brother, also known as The Destructor, always wrecks Teddy’s record-breaking plans!

Told in short, accessible sections, with memorable lists and winning illustrations, Molly B. Burnham's Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker is perfect for reading aloud. Teddy's never-give-up attitude will have readers laughing out loud and clamoring to break records of their own.

Molly's second book in the series, Teddy Mars: Almost a Winner, will be released March 22. Both are illustrated by Trevor Spencer and published by Katherine Tegen books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

For loads more about the author, visit Molly at her website: mollybburnham.com.

Some Praise...

“Engaging first-person narration, ample drama and bizarre actual world records. Fans of world-record quests and those who enjoy lighthearted tales will savor Teddy’s efforts.”
—Kirkus Review

“A highly entertaining debut. Delightfully rambunctious b&w sketches elevate the comedy, while Teddy’s hard-nosed perseverance (attempting the largest leaf pile, stretching the most rubber bands over his face, etc.), with the aid of friends new and old, takes world record-making to hilarious new heights.”
Publishers Weekly

“This heartwarming story starts the Teddy Mars series on a hilarious foot, tracing one boy’s struggle to stand out in a big family, one failed record-breaking attempt after another. Once the wreckage is cleared, what’s left is a loving family that celebrates one another for exactly who they are.” 
—Booklist