U.K. chil­dren’s book prizes given to two Amer­i­cans

The Telegram (St. John’s) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

LONDON — Two Amer­i­cans have for the first time been awarded the U.K.’S pres­ti­gious chil­dren’s book awards.

Ruta Sepetys won the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal for chil­dren’s writ­ing on Mon­day for “Salt to the Sea,’’ a fic­tion­al­ized refugee story about the 1945 sink­ing of the Wil­helm Gust­loff in the Baltic Sea, in which thou­sands of peo­ple drowned.

The CILIP Carnegie hon­ours out­stand­ing writ­ing for chil­dren and young peo­ple and is the old­est chil­dren’s book award in the U.K.

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