Annal: 1979 Golden Kite Fiction Award

Results of the Golden Kite Award in the year 1979.

Book:The Magic of the Glits

The Magic of the Glits: A Tale of Loss, Love, and Lasting Friendship

C. S. Adler

Twelve-year-old Jeremy is sure his summer at his family’s beach cottage is going to be terrible. It’s bad enough having a cast on his leg so he can’t run on the beach or swim with his friends, but to be stuck taking care of Lynette, a timid, seven-year-old girl, is the ultimate torture.

Once Lynette arrives, though, Jeremy has to admit that he enjoys the company. She’s stuck in a depression after her mother’s recent drowning, and she doesn’t want to go anywhere near the ocean. To lift Lynette’s spirits, Jeremy invents the Glits, magical creatures who grant wishes. Jeremy and Lynette spend their days building elaborate sand castles for the Glits and becoming close friends, but as summer draws to a close, Jeremy worries about what will happen to Lynette when he’s no longer at her side.

A little touch of magic and a dose of “joy fizz” from the Glits just might solve Lynette’s problems and restore this sullen girl to her laughing, playful self.

Book:Cross-Country Cat

Cross-Country Cat

Mary Calhoun

What kind of cat would go sliding off on skis, and who’d believe it anyway? When the family accidentally leaves Henry, their sassy Siamese, behind at the ski lodge, he takes matters into his own paws in this beguiling adventure.

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