Why do I promise such things as updating this in a certain time? Whenever I say that, just add a month. Oy!
Got lots to talk about but also lots of pages to write, so just a few quick things…
Thank you to everyone who voted for FINALLY for the Children’s Choice Book Awards!! There were over half a million voters! (not all for my book, obviously, since the hilarious Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka won in our category.) It was a fabulous night, where I got to hang out with my editors and other publishing folk who I never get to see, and meet some of my favorite authors (will update my Author Pals page soon, I promise! Although we all know how much THAT’S worth! ;o) but here’s one to tide you over. That’s me and Alvina Ling (my wonderful editor at Little, Brown) with…wait for it…LeVar Burton, who played Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: Next Generation! Alvina and I are huge Star Trek nerds (but in a good way!), so we were very smitten. He was there to support the world of children’s books, for which he has so generously and effectively been an advocate for twenty years through Reading Rainbow.
Below is a sneak peek at the cover for the next book in the “birthday” series, coming out September 1st. Soon to be 13-year-old Tara makes one big mistake…and has 13 chances to fix it in 13 GIFTS. Come meet newcomer Tara, and hang out with Amanda and Leo from 11 BIRTHDAYS, and Rory from FINALLY. And remember, life in Willow Falls is never as it seems.
Oh, and I just had to share my new favorite thing, discovered at my good friend’s Ilissa’s daughter’s bat mitzvah (shout out to Rachael S! You rock!). This picture doesn’t do it justice. Picture Rice Krispie Treats, wrapped in Fruit Roll-Ups, stuffed with Swedish Fish, Gummy Bears, licorice, and Tootsie Rolls. Seriously, does it get any better than that? Wish I’d thought to put this in The Candymakers!
This Spring has been filled with school visits, and I’ve had SUCH a great time. I’ve met wonderful kids and seen some book projects that just astounded me in their creativity. And when I figure out how to post a video in here, I’ll include some songs from a play one school did for Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life, with real professional, Broadway singers singing original lyrics that 5th graders wrote! SO AMAZING!! (of course i cried!). I still have more visits to come, although you know you’ve been on the road too long when your key doesn’t work so you go to the front desk and tell them, to which they point out that the key says “Hilton Garden” on it and you’re at the Fairfield Inn. And to make it even more embarrassing, I was on my cell with Rebecca Stead (i’m such a name dropper) at the time so she got to witness my shame, first hand. Well, through the phone anyway. Guess I should clean out my bag more often!
And thank you everyone who wrote in a title suggestion for the new book. As soon as Alvina returns from the wilds of Australia, we’ll have a final title!
And last, but definitely not least, thank you to all the students in Vermont who voted for 11 BIRTHDAYS in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award. It’s the first award for 11 BIRTHDAYS and I’m so honored! I’m really excited to meet as many of you as possible when I come up there in a few weeks!