MFAW-VT faculty member Sherri Smith‘s middle grade novel, The Toymaker’s Apprentice, won the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Middle Grade.

Described as “Part Nutcracker with a dash of Pinocchio” by School Library Journal and “an inventive fantasy” by BooklistThe Toymaker’s Apprentice was published as a hardcover by Putnam and recently released in paperback by Puffin Books.

Congratulations, Sherri!