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Promising New Voice in Middle-Grade Fiction
Dutton Childrens Books to Publish Fiction Contest Winner:
First-Time Author Michele Ivy Daviss Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel
Michele Ivy Davis has won the Ann Durell Fiction Contest with her poignant debut novel, Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel (Dutton Childrens Books, May 10, 2004; $16.99; ages 8 and up). It was also a finalist in the 2001 William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition. Stephanie Lurie, President and Publisher of Dutton Childrens Books, remarks, "Evangeline won the heart of every editor in our department. Her voice is wise, funny, and refreshingly honest. Theres an authenticity to the writing that we dont see in many first-time novelists."
Evangeline, or Eddie, as she prefers to be called, lives with her Pa in the Cadillac Motel, a run-down place with a pink Cadillac butt sticking out of the office wall. Her mother died when she was five, and most days her Pa is passed out on the couch come afternoon, surrounded by beer cans. School life isnt much better. Then Farrell moves in down the street, and she finally has someone who understands her life, because his is much the same. When things go awry during home visits from their teacher, they decide to run away.
This is a touching story as seen through the eyes of an intelligent, proud young girl who feels like shes growing up alone and whose troubles begin to seem like more than she can handle.
The Ann Durell Fiction Contest was held in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Dutton Childrens Books. In January 2003 Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel was announced the winner. The contest honored former Publisher of Dutton Childrens Books, Ann Durell, who nurtured the talents of such beloved authors as Lloyd Alexander, Judy Blume, Eleanor Cameron, Walt Morey and William Sleator. Michele Ivy Daviss Evangeline Brown and the Cadillac Motel was one of hundreds of submissions that were reviewed by Duttons editorial staff.
Michele Ivy Davis lives in Palm Harbor, Florida with her husband. "One day," she says, "while driving through an older section of town, I saw the words Cadillac and Motel at about the same time on two different signs. I was struck by the contradictory picture they presented and wondered about the people who might own a motel like that." This is her first childrens book. Her website is www.MicheleIvyDavis.com.
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