Winner of the 2015 Award for Best Children’s Book — A HITCH AT THE FAIRMONT by Jim Averbeck

The Peace Corps Writers Award for Best Children’s Book was first presented in 2001. Each award is given the  year following its the publishing.

This year we have something special — for the first time since Peace Corps Writers has been presenting book awards in 1990 we have a repeat winner. Just last year Jim Averbeck won the same award for his book The Market Bowl that was published in 2013.

The 2015 Award for Best Children’s Book goes to —

A Hitch at the Fairmont


by Jim Averbeck (Cameroon 1990–94)

averbeck-j-2015In 1956 at the fabulous San Francisco Fairmont Hotel, 11-year-old Jack teams up with the famous movie director Alfred Hitchcock to uncover a plot involving drugged chocolates, mistaken identities, kidnapping, disguises, and close escapes. References to actual Hitchcock films and anecdotes abound throughout, in chapter headings, settings, and focused descriptions reminiscent of camera pan-ins.

Congratulations again, Jim!

A Hitch at the Fairmont
by Jim Averbeck (Cameroon 1990-94) illustrated by Nick Bertozzi
(Mystery for children 8–12)
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
June 2014
416 pages
$16.99 (hardcover), $7.79 (paperback), $7.49 (Kindle)


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