News for Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Board Member Diane Stanley Vennema Wins Book Award

Diane Stanley VennemaDiane Stanley VennemaPhotograph courtesy Diane Stanley VennemaDiane Stanley VennemaPhotograph courtesy Diane Stanley Vennema

SAR Board of Managers member and renowned author Diane Vennema, who writes under Diane Stanley, recently won the 2011 Arab American Book Award in the Children/Young Adult category for Saving Sky (HarperCollins 2010). Awarded by the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the Arab American Book Award honors significant literature by and about Arab Americans. It is the only literary competition of its type in the U.S.

Saving Sky is about thirteen-year-old Sky Brightman, who lives in a peaceful haven, off the grid on sixty beautiful acres of New Mexico ranch land, with a loving family, three horses, and an elderly dog who gives her gifts. No TV or internet brings disturbing news into their little adobe home. Then a string of mysterious arrests begin and her new friend Kareem becomes a target. Sky is finally forced to confront the world in all its complexity. Summoning her considerable courage and ingenuity, she takes a stand against injustice. With humor, hope, and fierce determination, she sets out to change the world. A review in Publisher's Weekly exclaims, “This thought-provoking novel explores both the frightening power of mob mentality and fear tactics, along with hopeful possibilities offered when individuals take courageous stands for justice.”

SAR congratulates Diane on this remarkable honor. You can learn more about her writing at her website.

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