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Ashland author wins Oregon Book Award

Mail Tribune/file photo Ashland author Jennie England poses in the young adult section of Bloomsbury Books with her book “Taylor Before and After.” England received the Oregon Book Award for Children's Literature Monday.

Ashland author Jennie Englund received the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children’s Literature as the 2022 Oregon Book Awards were announced Monday night in Portland.

Englund’s book, “Taylor Before and After,” follows a middle-school girl through a year of tragedy and pain as her family pulls up stakes in Oregon and moves to Oahu, Hawaii.

The Oregonian reported that Englund told the audience at Portland Center Stage, during Literary Arts’ 35th book awards ceremony, that she had no expectation of winning the award.

“(It) is a book about a girl who goes through a really hard time,” she said. “We’ve all been through it, and there’s another side. Thank you for believing in hope and resilience.’

In an interview last month with the Mail Tribune, Englund said that readers should expect to go on the young protagonist’s journey with her.

“I tell people it’s a wild ride,” she said at the time. “And I tell them it is a book for the sophisticated sixth-grader and up.”

“Taylor Before and After,” which was published in February 2020, previously received the Women Writing the West Will Literary Award for young adult fiction and nonfiction.

The Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award is named for a young adult author who received a national Newbery Honor three times, and who lived for many years in Portland before her death in 2000.