* it is new this year and not previously published,
* it was written by a living author who is a citizen or resident of the US or Canada, and
* it has children in grades 4-8 as its intended audience.
Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and short stories (both poetry and short stories must be written by a single author) are all eligible.
Please do not include plot summaries, but feel free to tell the committee why you think this book belongs on the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list. Use as much space as you need.