Just got some VERY exciting news: MAX QUICK: THE POCKET AND THE PENDANT has been chosen by an 'academy' of sorts of Maine teachers and librarians as a Nominee for the Maine Student Book Award!!!
This is a pretty huge deal, as this is a well-respected award won by several huge books in the recent past -- The Hunger Games won a few years back, as did the Percy Jackson books and several others you would recognize. I am very thrilled and honored to be in this company, as you might imagine!
Over the coming months, students will read the nominated books and then vote on their favorite -- this is very much a grassroots / people's choice sort of thing. True, the list is curated by teacher and librarians, but the student are the ones who will decide!! This makes it even MORE exciting to me -- so keep your fingers crossed!!
In other news: Look what Suzy Lee Leow found in a rare bookstore in Van Nuys, California!
And lastly: Here I am, Skyping into a Maine classroom for National Read Aloud Day about a week ago: