“Crosswire” Awarded 2010 Naylor Book Award
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee is pleased to announce that the 2010 June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History is awarded to Dotti Enderle for her book Crosswire, published in 2010 by Calkins Creek Books of Pennsylvania.
The announcement was made Friday evening, May 13, 2011, by Mrs. Elaine Milam Vetter, Chairman of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Committee, at the 120th Annual Convention of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas.
A three-member panel of judges comprised of historians, educators, and librarians evaluated the Naylor Award entries. The 2010 committee included chairman Dr. Barbara Immroth, professor in the School of Information, the University of Texas at Austin, and committee members Dr. Viki Ash, Coordinator of Children’s Services, San Antonio Public Library, and Professor Amy Carter, English Department Instructional Facilitator, Floresville High School, Floresville, Texas.
The committee noted that native Texan Dotti Enderle has crafted a suspenseful coming-of-age story set in rural Texas in 1883. Thirteen-year-old Jesse Wade tells a story of personal struggle, family tension, and drought-induced fence cutting. Enderle’s cast of well-developed characters includes a tyrannical father, a rebellious older brother, and an undercover Texas Ranger. Tight plotting and historical detail add to the books’ appeal.
The June Franklin Naylor Award for the Best Book for Children on Texas History, endowed by the family of June Franklin Naylor and sponsored by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library, is given annually to the author/illustrator of the most distinguished fiction or nonfiction book for children and young adults, grades K-12, that accurately portrays the history of Texas. Mrs. Naylor, for whom the award is named, was a former schoolteacher and long-time resident of Odessa. She served as President General of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas from 1989 to 1991.