Alton Carter, The Boy Who Carried Bricks
Carter is the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award winner in the Young Adult Category.
About the book: Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys ranch for most of his formative years, a young man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. This is the true story of Carter, who does not mince words as he describes a childhood full of violence, hunger, and isolation. Carter is a former police officer; he now serves as the director of youth ministries for the First United Methodist Church of Stillwater. He lives with his wife and two sons.
Cynthea Liu, Bike on, Bear!
Liu is the 2016 Oklahoma Book Award winner in the Children’s Category.
About the book: Bear is no ordinary cub. He can do practically anything! But Bear has a very hairy problem. He can’t ride a bike. Not even with training wheels. Not even with his daddy pushing him along. Not even with the help of his ten best friends. Follow Bear as he employs a library book, science, and the art of self-confidence to try to master the bike. And watch him fail each time. Could Bear be over thinking this whole bike riding thing? Liu spent her formative years in Oklahoma and Texas. Today, she is a writer, writing coach, and public speaker in Chicago.