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Massachusetts Book Award Winners for the Year 2006

Honoring books published in 2005.
Celebrated at Lenox Town Hall and Lenox Library, 15 October 2006.

Fiction  |   Nonfiction  |   Poetry  |   Children's/Young Adult  | 2006 MassBook Judges
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Fiction Award

The Season of Open Water by Dawn Clifton Tripp
(Random House)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Fiction Honors

Hedwig and Berti by Frieda Arkin
(Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin's Press)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Flashback by Gary Braver
(Forge / Tom Doherty Associates)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Nonfiction Award

The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American Romanticism
by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Nonfiction Honors

Mistress Bradstreet: The Untold Life of America's First Poet by Charlotte Gordon
(Little, Brown)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

A Sense of the Mysterious: Science and the Human Spirit by Alan Lightman
(Pantheon Books)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Poetry Award

Zeppo's First Wife: New and Selected Poems by Gail Mazur
(University of Chicago Press)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Poetry Honors

Natural History by Dan Chiasson
(Alfred A. Knopf)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Habitat: New and Selected Poems, 1965-2005 by Brendan Galvin
(Louisiana State University Press)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Children's / Young Adult Literature Award

Where the Great Hawk Flies by Liza Ketchum
(Clarion Books)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Children's / Young Adult Honors

The Old African by Julius Lester
(Dial Books / Penguin)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

Beneath the Streets of Boston: Building America's First Subway by Joe McKendry
(David R. Godine, Publisher)
MCB Reading and Discussion Guide (PDF)

2006 Massachusetts Book Award Judges

Matthew Battles, Houghton Library, Harvard University, author of Library, an Unquiet History
George Bergen, The Bookstore, Lenox
Margaret Chang, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, North Adams
Nancy Hayes Clune, Lawrence Library, Pepperell
Judith Gray, Concord Free Public Library
Joan Houlihan, Concord Poetry Center
Wendy Hudson, Nantucket Bookworks
Sandy Leifeld, Newton Free Library
Shona Ramaya, author of Monsoon Operation
Nancy Lusignan Schultz, Salem State College, author of Fire & Roses
Lloyd Schwartz, University of Massachusetts – Boston, author of Cairo Traffic
Carol Stoltz, Porter Square Books, Cambridge