Newbery award winner and New York Times bestselling author

First of all, thank you everyone for the joy you shared with me all week. Your calls, tweets, messages, emails, flowers, and presents have been so generous and loving. I don’t know how to explain the feeling of having you all behind me in this experience. Book friends, librarians, old students, my kids’ friends, teachers, former colleagues from past careers, people at the gym, our dog trainer, relatives – the list goes on. I wish my arms were big enough to throw around you all.  All I can really say is thank you for making the experience of winning the Newbery medal truly unforgettable. I hope I do you proud this year.

The world feels a little tilted right now, and there are quite a lot of tasks ahead of me, so I will leave you with a 4 minute TV interview here and with a few photos of the week.

If you’re local to Richmond and are looking for a copy, you’ll have the most luck finding Merci Suárez Changes Gears at our independent bookstores, particularly bbgb in Carytown where I plan to keep a stock of signed copies. Call them at 804 353-5675 or email

And now, off to World Read Aloud Day!

Comments on: "It’s All a Blur: on winning the Newbery medal this week" (5)

  1. Congratulations, Meg!!!


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  2. Congratulations, Meg! I loved reading and reviewing Merci Suarez. Had a good feeling about your novel winning top awards this year and am thrilled you received the Newbery.

  3. Gregory Lum said:

    Congratulations, Meg! The Newbery committee LOVED Merci! If you would like an audiorecording of our phone call to you from Monday, please email me.
    Gregory Lum
    2019 Newbery Medal Selection Committee member

  4. Meg, what can I say? I’m so, so, so ELATED for you! Felicidades!!!

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