Archive for the Awards Category

WILL IN SCARLET named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013!

Posted in Awards, Best Children's Books, Middle Grade Books, Plugs, Robin Hood, Shameless, Will in Scarlet, YA Books on December 2, 2013 by Matt



I’m late posting this (though I did do a ridiculous victory dance on Twitter when it was first announced. But I’m happy to say that Will in Scarlet is in very good company. Just in time for the holidays, too . . . .


POWERLESS nominated for the 2012-2013 Pennsylvania Young Readers Choice Award!

Posted in Awards, Middle Grade Books, Plugs, Powerless, Shameless, Writing, YA Books with tags on April 1, 2012 by Matt

A big thank you to the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association for nominating POWERLESS for the state’s Young Reader’s Choice Award! It looks to be in very good company (ie: stiff competition)

I hope I get the chance to meet as many of the Pennsylvanian young readers as I can! Especially those young readers in Noble’s Green, PA!

POWERLESS wins the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Book Award

Posted in Awards, Middle Grade Books, Powerless, Shameless, Writing, YA Books with tags on March 16, 2012 by Matt

Some terrific news for POWERLESS! My little-book-that-could has won the 2012 Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Book Award!

As a Caudill nominee, I’ve spent a lot of time over the last year talking with the teachers, librarians and students who make this award possible and it’s truly an honor to be chosen as this year’s winner, especially measured up against the rest of the awesome nominees!  Check out all of the them here: 2012MasterList

I understand that I’ll get a plaque with my name on it, which I will undoubtedly mount upon a helmet for all to see, but until then this post will serve!

Thanks all! And to Rebecca Caudill, whose memory has inspired such a great tradition!

Powerless nominated for the Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award!

Posted in Awards, Middle Grade Books, Powerless, YA Books with tags on February 4, 2012 by Matt


Conneticut, er Connecticut is one state I’ll never learn how to spell, but the good folks there have excellent taste in books! Powerless has been nominated for the 2013 Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award and it’s in great company.

I’m thrilled that kids throughout the state will be reading and talking about my little book this year. Thanks to the Connecticut Library Association and Connecticut Association of School Librarians for the nomination!


Virginia is for Lovers (of Powerless?)

Posted in Awards, Middle Grade Books, Powerless, Writing, YA Books with tags , on December 7, 2011 by Matt

Even more very nice news – Powerless has been selected as a 2012-2013 Reader’s Choice Nominee!

This means that my little book will be making its way into more classrooms and into the hands of more readers than ever before. A big thanks to the Virginia State Reading Association for this honor.

I hope to meet some of the great educators and readers this spring when I come down there for the Virginia Festival of the Book! (details forthcoming on this visit)

Iowa Children’s Choice Award

Posted in Awards, Middle Grade Books, Plugs, Powerless, YA Books with tags on November 30, 2011 by Matt

What I love about state book awards – it’s book activism on a local level! These awards are the perfect union of educators and librarians (who nominate) and the readers (who vote!)

The Iowa Children’s Choice Award is one such award and I’m very happy to have Powerless nominated for the 2011-2012 year. They have posted a delightful series of reader-reviews, such as the one below. I’d encourage you to check out all the video reviews, but of course, this one’s my favorite!