June 26, 2013

Peers honor Plattsburgh author with Crystal Kite Award

PLATTSBURGH — The 2012 Crystal Kite Award lifted Kate Messner professionally.

Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the award was given to the Plattsburgh resident for “Capture the Flag,” the first in her Silver Jaguar Society Mystery series, published by Scholastic Paperbacks.

The September award ceremony will be held at a regional conference in the Hudson Valley.

“It’s the same day I’m at the Bookstore Plus in Lake Placid (for a book signing),” said Messner, an award-winning author whose books were selections for New York Times Notable, Junior Library Guild, IndieBound and Bank Street College of Education Best Books.

“My agent will accept the award on my behalf. Essentially, it’s special to me because it comes from my fellow children’s authors and illustrators. It’s an award voted on by the members in our region. 

“These are people who know how much work goes into a book and how much time it takes to revise and craft a story.”

The region represented by the award is all of New York state, including New York City.


Messner’s novels include “Sugar and Ice,” “The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.” and “Eye of the Storm.” 

Her chapter books are ‘Marty McGuire,” “Marty McGuire Digs Worms” and “Marty McGuire Has Too Many Pets!”

Inspired by Lake Champlain are her historical works, “Spitfire” and “Champlain & The Silent One.”

She also wrote “Real Revision: Authors’ Strategies to Share with Student Writers” for educators. For 15 years, Messner was a middle-school teacher; she earned National Board Certification in 2006.

“Hide and Seek,” the sequel to “Capture the Flag,” was released in April.

“The third one comes out May 2014,” Messner said. “I just emailed the final revision to my editor last week. That one is called ‘Manhunt.’”

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