Monthly Archives: February 2015

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Upcoming Appearances

February 12, 2015

Loyola Academy–Wilmette, IL

February 17, 2015

Taft High School–Chicago, IL

February 21, 2015

Anderson’s Bookshops 13th Annual Children’s Literature Breakfast–Woodridge, IL

8:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

March 19, 2015

Columbia College Story Week–Young Adult Panel

Harold Washington Library–Chicago, IL

11:00 a.m.

March 31, 2015

Writer’s Week: Lakes Community High School, Lake Villa, IL, 10:30 a.m.

Chicago Public Library, Roden Branch, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

June 26-27

ALA Annual Conference–San Francisco, CA

Review: Bringing Down the House With Books

Thank you to Emily Aaronson for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in Bringing Down the House With Books!

Review: San Diego Book Review

Thank you to Anita Lock for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in the San Diego Book Review!

YALSA names Carnival at Bray a Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults

More great news from YALSA!

The Carnival at Bray was named a 2015 top ten Best Fiction for Young Adults. What an incredible honor. I am again so floored and humbled by the response my book has gotten. Thank you to all!!

The Carnival at Bray named a Printz Honor Book!!

Wow. Just wow. What a weekend this has been! Chicago was hit with a massive snowstorm on Sunday, just in time for the ALA Midwinter Conference. I drove through this treacherous white-out in order to make it down to McCormick Place and meet my fellow Morris Award finalists (with the exception of E.K. Johnston, whose flight was canceled 🙁 ). It was great to hang out with Len, Isabel, and Leslye–three wonderful writers and people–and to have dinner with the award committee. Isabel’s fantastic book, Gabi, A Girl In Pieces, took home the top honor on Monday, and Isabel gave a beautiful speech to accept her much-deserved award.

I was also stunned to learn that The Carnival at Bray was named a Printz Honor Book. It’s hard to describe the emotions I felt when I heard the news. As someone who still hasn’t quite recovered from the fact that her book was published at all, the Morris nomination and Printz Honors were not even something I could have dreamed of. I am so grateful to these committees for seeing something special in my book. As a writer, my job is to be able to use words to convey emotion, but here, I fail.