Awards & Recognition


Sterling North Legacy Award for Excellence in Children’s Literature — 2017


One Came Home

(Additional praise for the book is here.)

  • John Newbery Honor Book -- American Library Association

  • Edgar Award Winner for Best Mystery -- Mystery Writer's Association

  • China Times Best Book Award (Taiwan)

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • National Public Radio Best Book of the Year

  • Washington Post Best Book of the Year

  • Bank Street Best Book of the Year

  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

  • Ingrams' 'Top Ten Novels for Kids in 2013'

  • One of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's "10 favorite books of 2013"

  • Society of Midland Authors Award-Winner

  • Judy Lopez Memorial Honor Book

Best of the Year Lists:  • The Horn Book's Recommended Summer Reading  • A Bookpage Best Book of the Year  • A 2013 Best-Seller at Boswell Book Company •  BirdWatching Magazine's "Best New Bird Books" • American Birding Association recommends as a great gift for birders! • James Patterson's "Read Kiddo Read" Reading as a "Great Pageturner!

Awards & Honors:  ALSC Notable Children's Book • 2013 Bulletin Blue Ribbon from The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books • Winner of the Society of Midland Authors Award • A New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Title  • A Scholastic Book Clubs Selection • A 2014 Notable Social Studies Trade Book (sponsored by The CBC and The National Council for Social Studies) 

State Reading Lists and Contests: An Outstanding Book by a Wisconsin Author • 2014 Texas Lone Star Reading List Book • A Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award Nominee • On Vermont's Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award List for 2014-2015 • A South-West Iowa Middle School Battle of the Book Selection for 2014-2015 • A 2014 Illinois Reads Book • A Maine Student Book Award List 2014-2015  • Nominated for 2015-2016 The Volunteer State Book Award (Tennessee!) • Nominated for the 2015-2016 William White Children's Book Awards (Kansas!)  • Nominated for the 2016 Grand Canyon Book Award (Arizona!) • On the 2016 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award List. • A Utah Beehive Book Award Nominee for 2015-2016. • A Minnesota Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award Nominee for 2016!

Starred Reviews in Kirkus, The Horn Book, School Library Journal and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Seen in The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor,The Atlantic WireThe Buffalo News, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, BirdWatching Magazine, Hudson Star-Observer and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Heard on Wisconsin Public Radio

Adapted for the Stage by Lifeline Theatre in Chicago (photos here)

That Girl Lucy Moon

(Hyperion Books for Children)

  • A Book Sense Pick!

  • A New York Public Library's "100 Titles for Reading and Sharing" Title

  • Friends of American Writers Literary Award Winner

  • A Bank Street College of Education Best Children’s Books of the Year

  • An Amelia Bloomer Book

The Dirty Cowboy

(Farrar, Straus & Giroux) 

  • Reviewed in The New York Times Book Review

  • SCBWI's Golden Kite Award

  • First Prize in the Marion Vannett Ridgway Awards

  • International Reading Association Notable Book

  • A Parents Choice Gold Medal Winner

  • A Bulletin Blue Ribbon (The Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books)

  • Finalist for the Spur Award (Western Writers of America)

  • Finalist for Southeast Booksellers Association Book Award

  • Nominated for Georgia Picture Book Award

  • Kirkus Reviews (Starred): …side-splitting double debut…

  • Publishers Weekly (Starred): …outstanding debut for both author and illustrator. Timberlake’s keen comic timing and abundant western witticisms fit hand in glove with Rex’s farcical golden-and copper-toned illustrations

  • Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (Starred): …a rootin’ tootin’ good read anytime…

  • School Library Journal: Told in descriptive language that rolls off the tongue …

  • Child: The tale sparkles with comic colloquialisms and hilarious illustrations…

  • Miami Herald: G-Rated Riot