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American YA author wins $600,000 international prize

AWARD: Jacqueline Woodson (Photo credit: American Library Association)

AMERICAN YOUNG Adult author Jacqueline Woodson, has won the $600,000 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

The prize, which will be presented to Woodson on May 28 in Stockholm, Sweden, is the biggest in children's writing. She is the 15th recipient of the award, named after the creator of the Pippi Longstocking series of books.

According to NY Daily News, he was chosen for her "masterful characterisation and deep understanding of the adolescent psyche," the judges said in a statement. "Jacqueline Woodson captures a unique poetic note in a daily reality divided between sorrow and hope. She tells stories of resounding richness and depth."

Woodson has penned more than 30 books, including her memoir, Brown Girl Dreaming, about her childhood during the Civil Rights Era 1960s and 70s, spanning her time spent in South Carolina and New York.

The author has also received many accolades throughout her career, including the National Book Award, Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honour. She is currently the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature for the Library of Congress.

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