An overly eager person at Random House tweeted this year’s winner of the Newbery Award about 17 minutes before the official announcement was made this morning during the American Library Association’s (ALA) midwinter meeting in Boston.

“WHEN YOU REACH ME by Rebecca Stead ( @RebStead ) has won the John Newbery Medal for excellence in young adult literature!http://ow.ly/XGo0” read the tweet, which appeared as winners of the Pura Belpré awards were being revaled. The tweet was immediately taken down when the mistake was noted.


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