The Chicago Reader recently named The Carnival at Bray a favorite book of 2014! I love the Reader for many reasons, one of which is that they published the original draft of the novel (when it was still a short story) in their 2010 fiction issue. They also published another one of my short stories, “Teen Jeopardy,” the following year.
This year, I had the very cool job of judging the winners of the 2014 Chicago Reader Fiction contest. Stories will be published in January. Stay tuned!
More great news today from YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). The Carnival at Bray has been named a finalist for the William C. Morris Award, an annual award given to debut YA novels! Thank you thank you to everyone for your support! Winner will be announced in Chicago February 2, 2015.
Excited to announce that The Carnival at Bray was named by Kirkus as a Best Book of 2014–in four separate categories! BEST TEEN LOVE STORIES, BEST TEEN REALISM, BEST TEEN BOOKS THAT EXPLORE THE TIES THAT BIND, and (and this is somewhat depressing, considering I still think the 90’s just happened) BEST TEEN BOOKS THAT’LL SEND READERS TRAVELLING THROUGH TIME. Thanks to all who have read, bought, and reviewed the novel. It means so much to me.