Angela Cerrito

Global Regions Coordinator-U.S.
PAL Member


Angela Cerrito's novel, THE SAFEST LIE (Holiday House / Fall 2015) has been named one of The Guardian's Best Children's Books of 2015, a Notable Social Studies Book for Young Readers, a 2015 Jewish Book Award Finalist, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Older Readers and SCBWI's Crystal Kite Award. THE SAFEST LIE is based on her research in Warsaw, Poland, including interviewing Irena Sendler, a mastermind spy and member of the Polish resistance who helped over 2,500 children escape the Warsaw ghetto. This research was made possible with the help of SCBWI's Kimberly Colen Memorial Grant. Angela's debut novel, THE END OF THE LINE (Holiday House, 2011) about a boy coming to terms with his role in the death of a friend, was named a YALSA Quick Pick 2012, VOYA Top of the Top Shelf 2011, VOYA Top Shelf for Middle Grade Readers 2011, Librarians Choices List 2011, Kansas State Reading Circle 2011-2012 Award List, Winchester Fiction Award Honor Book 2012 and a Top Teen Pick 2012. A 10-minute play A CHILL IN MY BONES was recently published by Youth Plays and with productions in Texas, US and Zambia. Her one-act play IF THEY COME TONIGHT, based on the life of Irena Sendler, was produced in Texas in March 2016. Angela volunteered as SCBWI's  Assistant International Advisor was co-organizer of SCBWI events at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair for many years, becoming RA Emeritus in 2021. Find her on the web at -.facebook & twitter /angelacerrito  - and writerangelac on Instagram


The Safest Lie

A Chill in My Bones


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