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2018 Awards Announcements

The Children’s Book Award Committee of the Wisconsin Library Association’s Youth Services Section annually selects outstanding books for youth by Wisconsin-connected authors and awards the Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award, Outstanding Books of the Year, and Notable Wisconsin Authors/Illustrators.

Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award

Awarded to the most distinguished work in children’s and young adult literature written and/or illustrated by a Wisconsin book creator. The Elizabeth Burr/Worzalla Award is made possible by the Worzalla Publishing Company, Stevens Point, through a grant to the WLA Foundation.


Written by Darcy Miller

The summer before sixth grade, Lauren (“Ren”) Hall’s parents move him out of the city and into his grandparents’ old country home. Separated from his best friend, who is suddenly running with the popular crowd, and struggling to pick up his dad’s hobby of cross-country running, Ren keenly senses the gulfs growing in his friendship and family. Then he meets his new neighbor, a spunky girl named Sutton, who is training a kit of Birmingham Rolling pigeons for competition and his coming-of-age story begins in earnest. Both deeply emotional and extremely relatable, Roll’s sweet, funny, flawed, but functional characters make this a Bildungsroman that will appeal to all readers who love honest, well-written fiction.

Published by HarperCollins, 2017.

About the Author

Darcy Miller is also the author of Margot and Mateo Save the World. She lives in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin, with her two children and librarian husband. Their cat, Jeffreys, deserves his own sentence. Their kitten, Stompy, does not. You can visit Darcy online at www.darcyamiller.com.