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MFAC Faculty Meg Medina Wins Newbery


Hamline MFAC faculty member Meg Medina has won the Newbery Medal for her middle grade novel Merci Suárez Changes Gears the story of a young Cuban American girl who must learn to navigate being eleven and what this means both at home and at school, especially in relationship with her grandfather who is suffering from dementia. The book is already on many best lists and has received multiple five starred reviews. Medina shared with Publishers Weekly that when she received the call she felt, "all the emotion I had been holding back, not only for this day, but over the entire course of my career as a writer, just came crashing forward and I sank to the floor of my bathroom and had a big messy cry." You can read the interview here
Meg Medina is also the author of numerous picture books and young adult novels as well. Her YA novel Burn Baby Burn was long listed for the 2016 National Book Award and shortlisted for the Kirkus Prize. Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass also won the American Library Association's Pura Belpré gold medal and the International Latino Book Award. Her picture book Mango, Abuela, and Me was the recipient of a 2016 Pura Belpré Honor Medal, and Tía Isa Wants a Car, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer’s Medal.