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
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.
ALA Annual Conference–San Francisco, CA
Thank you to Emily Aaronson for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in Bringing Down the House With Books!
Thank you to Anita Lock for her lovely review of The Carnival at Bray in the San Diego Book Review!
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!!
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.