Budding author wins Milkweed Prize

Milkweed Editions has awarded its annual Prize for Children’s Literature to Molly Beth Griffin of Minneapolis for her novel “Silhouette of a Sparrow.”

The prize comes with $10,000 and a contract to publish the book this fall.

Griffin’s first picture book, Loon Baby, came out with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2011. Silhouette of a Sparrow is her first novel.

It’s billed as “a coming-of-age story about the search for wildness in a confining time–a tale of a young woman discovering both the art of rebellion and the power of unexpected love.”

The Milkweed Prize for Children’s Literature was established in 1994, and awards the best manuscript for young readers by a writer not previously published by Milkweed.

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