Yellow Star by Marshall Cavendish Children wins 2009 William Allen White Children's Book Award

21 April 2009, Emporia Kansas - "Yellow Star," by Jennifer Roy from Marshall Cavendish Children is one of two choices of Kansas schoolchildren for the 2009 William Allen White Children's Book Awards.

The awards will be presented on 10 October, 2009 in Emporia. The 57th annual ceremony will cap two days of activities ranging from author autographs to story telling, attracting school children from across Kansas.

Each year, approximately 50,000 third- through eighth-graders take part in naming the two White Award-winning books and  "Yellow Star" was one of which that won the sixth through eighth grade award. The book was among a list of 24 chosen by a selection committee for the students to consider.

"Yellow Star" is Roy's story of a four-year-old girl named Syvia, a Jewish girl who struggles to survive with her family in Poland's Lodz ghetto during the Nazi occupation of World War II. The book is a novelization of the true experiences of the author's aunt. Roy has written more than 30 books for children and young adults. She lives in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Roy is a first-time William Allen White Children's Book Award winner.

The White Awards program is the nation's first statewide reader's choice award. It is directed by Emporia State University and is supported by the Trusler Foundation. The program was founded in 1952 by Ruth Carver Gagliardo, a children's literature specialist, to honor the memory of one of the state's most distinguished citizens by encouraging Kansas schoolchildren to read and enjoy good books.