The Real Boy, written by Anne Ursu, is the winner of the seventh annual Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award. In this henomenal 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.
The 2014 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award Committee has named two other award winners: Paul Fleischman for the Lifetime Upstander Award, and Linda Christensen and Rethinking Schools for Community Upstander Achievement Award.
Three books have been cited as Honor Books: Seeing Red, written by Kathryn Erskine and published by Scholastic Press; Remember Dippy, written by Shirley Reva Vernick and published by Cinco Puntos Press; and Otis and the Puppy, written by Loren Long and published by Philomel Books.
Established in 2008, the Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award 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.