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Newbery Honor author Veera Hiranandani

I asked Meg Medina, Veera Hiranandani, and Catherine Gilbert Murdock to answer two questions and finish two sentence starters.

Meg Medina's Responses

Hello, Veera Hiranandani! Congratulations on receiving a 2019 Newbery Honor for The Night Diary. I love hearing about THE CALL. What ran through your head when the phone rang? What were you thinking about when the Newbery committee was clapping and cheering for you?

Veera: THANK YOU, Mr. Schu, for all the support you’ve given to The Night Diary!!! I can’t lie--I didn’t sleep much the night before! There had been some buzz and some lovely Mock Newbery wins leading up to the big day, so I thought there could be a chance, but I also knew it could go many different ways.

I had a good friend come over that morning. She brought me these amazing dark chocolate brownies and we were eating them when I got the call. I figured if I didn’t get a call, I’d be better off with a mouth full of chocolate and a good friend to hang out with. When the ca…

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