My parents first took me to Powells Bookstore clear back in 1972 or so when it was a tiny place tucked away in northwest Portland. I’ve been a fan of indy bookstores ever since. In fact the kind of books I write would not be possible without knowledgeable and passionate booksellers helping readers find just the right fit.
So I was elated today when I saw that the independent bookstore Andersons in the Chicago area had named WRITTEN IN STONE to it’s 2013 Mock Newbery list. The complete list of 25 contenders for the Newbery medal here at the Anderson’s website.
I am also very grateful to the librarian’s who have chosen Second Fiddle for this years Oregon Battle of the Books list for 6th to 8th graders. It’s a fabulous program where kids form teams, read a slate of 15 books, and answer questions about them in a quiz bowl format. It’s great fun and I’m proud to be on the same list as my friends Laurel Snyder with Bigger than a Breadbox, Operation Redwood by S. Terril French, and Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury. If your school does not know the joy of the book battle here’s where you can go for more information.
So happy new school year to all you wonderful school librarians who do so much to help kids find books to grow on.
And a big thank you to the following independent bookstores who have invited me to come share my books. I’ll have a full list of bookstore appearances up on my calendar soon.
A Children’s Place Bookstore in Portland, OR
Waucoma Books in Hood River, OR
Klindt’s Bookstore in The Dalles, OR
Rediscovered Bookshop in Boise, ID
Aunties Books in Spokane, WA
Village Books in Bellingham, WA
Secret Garden Books in Seattle, WA
The Linden Tree Books in Los Altos, CA
Stay tuned for dates and times!