A year ago I told you about an outstanding local author, Paul Fleischman. Here is the rest of the story………
At the recent "Aromas Live" event at the Aromas Grange, members of the Aromas Hills Artisans' board presented Author Paul Fleischman, long time Aromas resident, with the "Giving Wings to Creativity" award. He was named by the judges of the international Hans Christian Andersen Award to be in the top 5 authors of childrens' literature in the world. This award is given for the author’s body of work rather than just one book.
AHA wanted to recognize Paul for his long time commitment to excellence in childrens' literature. The group of artisans does not have a regular schedule for giving awards. Only creative excellence triggers their recognition, and the award is always a handmade piece of artwork created by an Aromas Hills Artisan.
Paul Fleischman grew up in Santa Monica, California, the son of children's book author and screenwriter, Sid Fleischman. Drawing on history, music, art, and theater, his books have often experimented with multiple viewpoints and performance. He received the Newbery Medal in 1989 for Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices and a Newbery Honor Award for Graven Images. Bull Run, his account of the Civil War battle told from sixteen points of view, received the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Breakout, inspired by an all-day traffic jam in Los Angeles, was a finalist for the National Book Award.