What does it take to win a National Book Award?

What does it take to win a National Book Award? How about writing over 100 books - all of them under a variety of pseudonyms? A newspaper article focuses on Judith Blundell, author of the fabulous What I Saw and How I Lied.

“The prolific author’s first titles were teen romances, celebrity bios, and TV tie-ins; the names on their covers were usually chosen by publishers. Under the long-running pseudonym “Jude Watson” (her married surname), the Katonah resident has written dozens of Star Wars spin-offs and two volumes of the New York Times bestselling series The 39 Clues. A hundred or so books into her career, at her editor’s urging, Judy Blundell finally published one under her own name. Her breakthrough teen noir What I Saw And How I Lied (Scholastic, 2008) won a National Book Award.”

Read more about her journey here.



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Great article! I had no idea she was/is Jude Watson! Those Star Wars books are huge in my school library! Of course, What I Saw And How I Lied is very popular, too!