2010 Jefferson Cup Winners and Honor Books

All the Broken Pieces wins 2010 Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup Committee is pleased to announce its selections for this year's awards. The 2010 Jefferson Cup Award went to Ann E. Burg for All the Broken Pieces.

Writing in simple yet elegant free verse, Ann E. Burg brings readers into the world of Matt Pin. Airlifted out of Saigon during the Vietnam war at age 10, Matt has spent the last two years learning the ways of his adoptive American family. Now 12, Matt has gained enough confidence to try out for his school’s baseball team and has bonded with his adoptive family, which includes his mother, father, and toddler brother.

Ann E. Burg’s first novel for young adults is a compelling work of historical fiction that examines the experiences of Vietnamese children brought to a new life in America, as well as the difficulties faced by Vietnam veterans after the war. Beautifully and powerfully told, Burg’s novel brings to life the experiences of children who are often overlooked in remembrances of the Vietnam war. Burg has created an outstanding work that will stay with readers long after the last page has been read.

Honor Books

The Duel: The Parallel Lives of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr by Judith St. George, Hellie Jondoe by Randall Pratt, Mission Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon by Andrew Chaikin, and Tricking the Tallyman by Jacqueline Davies and S.D. Schindler were selected as honor books.

About the Jefferson Cup

The Jefferson Cup honors a distinguished biography, historical fiction or American history book for young people. Presented since 1983, the Jefferson Cup Committee’s goal is to promote reading about America’s past, to encourage the quality writing of United States history, biography and historical fiction for young people, and to recognize authors in these disciplines.

The committee has nine members: a chairperson (selected by the previous year’s committee), one person from each Virginia Library Association region (total of six persons) selected by the current chair, the past chair of the previous year’s Jefferson Cup Committee, and the chairperson or outgoing chairperson of the Youth Services Forum. All committee members are members of VLA. For more information about the committee, visit the Jefferson Cup Committee page.