Maryann Macdonald, author of the World War II-era novel-in-verse and 2014 Bluebonnet nominee Odette’s Secrets, will speak at USBBY's program at the 2014 Midwinter Meeting. The event will be held Friday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m. in the Howe Room at Loew's Hotel.
Macdonald's historical novel is a fictionalization on the real experiences of Odette Meyers, a Parisian girl of Jewish descent who is sent into the countryside to hide with a Catholic family during the Nazi occupation. Kirkus, which gave the book a starred review, described it as "an ideal Holocaust introduction for readers unready for death-camp scenes.”
The evening will also feature the announcement of USBBY’s 2014 Outstanding International Book (OIB) List. As a national section of IBBY, USBBY was founded to promote international understanding and good will through books for children and adolescents.
In addition to the international setting of her most recent book, Macdonald has an established connection to the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), USBBY's parent organization. She is a former IBBY Ambassador to the United Nations.
The USBBY event is jointly sponsored by ALA's three youth services divisions, AASL, ALSC, and YALSA. Bloomsbury Children's Books is graciously hosting a reception to follow.