The IHS Press youth biography The Soldier's Friend: A Life of Ernie Pyle has been named as one of three finalists in the 2007 Benjamin Franklin Awards competition. The book is a finalist in the Juvenile, Young Adult Nonfiction, category.
The 2007 Benjamin Franklin Award winner will be chosen from one of the three finalists and will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award during a ceremony on Thursday evening, May 31, 2007, at the Park Central New York, located at 870 Seventh Avenue at 56th Street in New York City.
Sponsored by the Publishers Marketing Association, an independent book publishers association, the Benjamin Franklin Awards recognizes excellence in independent publishing. Publications, grouped by genre are judged on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field. The trophies are awarded to the best books in several categories and are presented to the publishers during a gala awards ceremony on the last evening of the Publishing University (just before the opening of Book Expo America).
Written by Ray E. Boomhower, The Soldier's Friend: A Lifer of Ernie Pyle explores the reporter’s legendary career from his days growing up in the small town of Dana, Indiana, to his life as a roving correspondent with the Scripps-Howard newspaper chain, to his growing fame as a columnist detailing the rigors of combat faced by the average G.I. during World War II. The book also features numerous illustrations, samples of Pyle’s World War II columns, a detailed bibliography of World War II sources, and an index.