Congratulations to Emily Fitch of Fort Wayne, Indiana, for her winning book trailer for The Everafter. Fitch created the book trailer based on the 2010 William C. Morris finalist as part of YALSA's 2010 Morris/Nonfiction Book Trailer contest.
Watch Emily's video:
"I'm super pumped to say the least. I actually found out I won when I was at the library and Mari, the librarian, kept asking me why I hadn’t checked my email yet that day," Emily said. "I always think it’s cool when I can find something different or a story that can present something (in this case, the afterlife) in a way that I never thought of before. My goal wasn’t exactly to show every scene and say “so this thing happens, the this happens”, but rather to portray though the images and music the feeling I got while reading the book. The sort of feelings of loneliness and longing that the main character experiences."
Emily won a $100 gift card to Powell's Bookstore, as well as $100 in books and materials from YALSA. Emily's librarian, Mari Hardacre, won $200 in materials from YALSA for sponsoring Emily.
"We offer a number of contests just through our library, but it's great when there are national opportunities for teens as well," Hardacre said. "She's a multi-talented young woman."
YALSA also named two finalists in the contest:
Jennifer Gessel, Baleigh Janusik, and Katrina Ruppel of Caldwell, Ohio, sponsored by librarian Judy Brown, for their trailer for Flash Burnout.
Petra Rantanen of Urbana, Illinois, sponsored by librarian Frances Harris, for her trailer for Almost Astronauts.
You can see all entrants by visiting www.youtube.com and searching "yalsanf" or "yalsamorris."