Archive for February, 2011

The Movie News! Powerless Optioned!

Posted in Plugs, Powerless, Shameless, YA Books on February 14, 2011 by Matt

Okay, maybe Hugh Laurie's a bit old for Daniel . . .

Okay, I can now officially spill the beans which I have been leaking all over the place for the last few months – POWERLESS has been optioned by David Foster, writer/producer on a little television show called House MD. (Kids, if you haven’t seen it, ask your folks first. Mr. House can be little . . . blunt.)

I’m just thrilled with this news, not only because, well, I like having my little book-that-could get some glittery tinsel town attention, but because House is one of the smartest shows on television. I like to think it was Daniel’s Sherlock Holmes obsession that caught their attention (after all, House is really the best American Holmes played by a British actor ever. Think about it.) Or perhaps, it’s just as simple as everyone dreams of flying, even in Hollywood.

Whatever the case may be, I’m as pleased as punch.

Of course, the road between here and POWERLESS THE BIG TIME MOVIE is still long, winding and full of precarious boulders perched atop crumbling ledges over spike-filled pitfalls (you get the idea, yes?) but that doesn’t dampen the good news.

Hooray for Hooooollywood!  (now you are going to be humming that tune all day, aren’t you?)

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POWERLESS nominated for another very nice award!

Posted in Plugs, Powerless, Writing, YA Books on February 5, 2011 by Matt

I just got word that Powerless has been nominated for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award!  This is one of those awards that I can really get behind – nominations are done by committee, but the actual voting is given over to young readers!  Putting the power of democracy in the medium-sized hands of the people!

What’s more, the list of nominees includes twenty books published over the last five years, so the competition is fierce. So many wonderful books on this list, I’m truly honored to be among them.

The reasonably-priced paperback edition of Powerless will be hitting the stores in April, so everyone who feels their patriotic duty to vote stirring in their hearts can rush out a get a copy.