OK, the low first. I’m getting slaughtered in Round Two of March Madness at Think Kid, Think, where Kathryn Apel’s very clever medieval poem is leaving my vegetarian (or not) ogre in the dust. Oh well. It’s OK to lose to such a worthy opponent! Voting on Round Two ends tonight, so drop by and vote on my matchup and all the others, too. There are some really great offerings!
Now for the highs. When Stampede came out in 2009 and was only reviewed in a couple of journals, and one of the reviews was unmentionable, you guys were incredibly supportive and encouraging. I’m happy to say that BookSpeak is getting more exposure, which is wonderful! I have no idea how well or if it’s selling (I’m not due my first royalty statement until…hmmm…I guess not until this coming October?), but I at least know it’s getting in front of people! It’s on the NCTE Notables list, Librarians’ Choices list, and was named a Gelett Burgess Honor Book (I know–I’d never heard of it either, but it’s lovely, brand new award). And it’s a Finalist for the Minnesota Book Award.
And here are a few excerpts from review journals:
“Salas’s polished verse demonstrates a deep love for all aspects of books, from their content to their creators…” –Publishers Weekly
“The poems are, by turns, philosophical, humorous, and even instructional…This is an appealing offering that will be especially popular with librarians.” –School Library Journal
“With its mix of poetic forms and wry twists on language-arts terms, this is a natural choice for sharing in classrooms and young writers’ workshops.” –Booklist
Pardon me while I run around the house screaming and waving Captain Jack Sparrow (our beagle) above my head! Yippee! No, none of these are starred reviews, and it could be that the reviewers are the only people reading the book (and they get free review copies)! But at least it’s getting in front of more people who decide which books to put in front of young people, so that’s a good thing, and I’m celebrating.
When royalty statement time comes, I might again need your shoulders to cry on, but I’m trying to think optimistically:>) Thanks for letting me brag today.