A Head Full of Ghosts wins the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for fiction

Wow! I’m honored, flattered, and wicked excited! The award ceremony will be held at the Massachusetts State House in Boston, Dec 6th, 3:30 pm.

From the Mass Center for the Book website:

Mass Book Awards

The Massachusetts Book Awards recognize significant works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature published by Commonwealth residents or about Massachusetts subjects.


Congratulations to the Mass Book Award and Honors Winners for 2016.

Fiction Award

A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (Wm Morrow)

Honors Fiction
Only the Strong by Jabari Asim (Agate)

Honey from the Lion by Matthew Neill Null (Lookout)
The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin)

Nonfiction Award

Rosemary:The Hidden Kennedy Daughter  by Kate Clifford Larson (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Honors Nonfiction
Massacre on the Merrimack: Hannah Duston’s Captivity and Revenge in Colonial America by Jay Atkinson (Rowman & Littlefield)

The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789 by Joseph J. Ellis (Knopf)
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Simon & Schuster)

Poetry Award

Immortality by Alan Feldman (Wisconsin)

Poetry Honors
Incarnate Grace by Moira Linehan (Southern Illinois)
Mistaking Each Other for Ghosts by Lawrence Raab (Tupelo)
Stable by David R. Surette (Moon Pie)

Middle Reader/Young Adult Award

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin (Little Brown)

Middle Reader/Young Adult Honors
Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad  by M.T. Anderson (Candlewick)

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Little Brown)
Baba Yaga’s Assistant  by Marika McCoola (Candlewick)

Picture Book /Early Reader Award

Ketzel, the Cat who Composed by Leslea Newman (Candlewick)

Picture Book /Early Reader Honors

Ling & Ting: Together in All Weather  by Grace Lin (Little Brown)
Growing Up Pedro by Matt Tavares (Candlewick)
You Nest Here With Me by Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple (Boyds Mill)



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4 responses to “A Head Full of Ghosts wins the 2016 Massachusetts Book Award for fiction

  1. Congratulations, Paul! That’s an amazing award to receive!

  2. So happy for you! The book is great, and you deserve it!!

  3. Congratufrikkinlations Paul!!

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