William Allen White Children's Book Award winners announced

Photo from 2015 awards ceremony. Photo from 2015 awards ceremony. KVOE file photo.

This year's winners of the 2018 William Allen White Children's Book Awards were announced this week.

The two selections are "Fish in a Tree" by Lynda Mullaly Hunt for those voters in third through fifth grades. "Took" by Mary Downing Hahn was selected by voters in grades six through eight.

The 66th annual celebration of the Children's Book Awards program is being held Oct. 8. It is directed by Emporia State University and supported by the Trusler Foundation.

"Fish in a Tree" tells the story of Ally, a young girl who lands in a new school and hides her inability to read by creating clever and disruptive distractions and learns along the way to not be ashamed of her dyslexia.

"Took" is a book about a spooky mystery in West Virginia following seventh-grader Daniel and his seven-year-old sister Erica after they move to an abandoned farmhouse and learn of a "conjure woman" and her resurrected razorback hog, Bloody Bones.

Schoolchildren from across Kansas will be in Emporia that day for special events including lock-ins, author readings and book signings, along with a parade before the awards ceremony itself. The winning authors will receive their White Award medals during the ceremony.

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