April 4, 2014

Anne Ursu Wins 2014 Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award

Ursu, author of “The Real Boy” will be presented with award at the Children’s Literature Conference on June 14, 2014

Culver City, CA—April 4, 2014 – The Real Boy, written by Anne Ursu, is the winner of the seventh annual Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award. The award is given by Antioch University Los Angeles’ Education Department and will be formally presented on June 14, 2014, at the seventh annual Children’s Literature Conference located at Wildwood School (elementary campus) in Los Angeles.

In Anne Ursu’s 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 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 by the Horace Mann Upstanders Book Award Committee 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.

Members of the 2014 Horace Mann Upstanders Award Committee were: Fred Chapel (Core Faculty in the Education Department, Antioch University Los Angeles); Daniel Hutterer, Chair (Current Masters of Arts in Education Student, Antioch University Los Angeles); Lisa Lepore (Library Director, Antioch University Los Angeles); Deborah Magana (Program Coordinator/Credential Analyst, Antioch University Los Angeles); J. Cynthia McDermott (Chair of the Education Department, Antioch University Los Angeles); Claudette S. McLinn (Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature, Long Beach, California); Cherry O’Meara (Children’s Book Seller, Los Angeles, California); Ken Pienkos (Former Librarian, Current MFA/Creative Writing Student, Antioch University Los Angeles).

Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) provides a rigorous progressive education to prepare students for the complexities of today’s diverse societies. AULA, a not-for-profit institution and part of the Antioch University system, has served the greater Los Angeles area for more than 40 years. The core values of social justice, service to the community, and lifelong learning lie at the heart of the BA degree completion program and graduate programs in Nonprofit Management, Education and Teacher Credentialing, Psychology, Creative Writing, and Urban Sustainability. The Education Department at AULA offers a Preliminary Multiple Subject and Education Specialist Mild/Moderate Credential with an option to add a Masters of Arts in Education. The Education Department also offers a Masters of Arts in Education, Leadership and Change.

Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and online at AU Connected, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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