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Very nice award nominations for WILL IN SCARLET!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 7, 2015 by Matt

Six years ago POWERLESS, the little book with the blue cover, was published. Though well-received, it didn’t light up the sales charts. A perfectly respectable opener, but nothing to write about (pun intended)

ENTER THE SCHOOL LIBRARIANS. In the next few years something pretty great started happening, as POWERLESS made its way into the hands of librarians and educators, and they in turn began nominating that little blue book for various state reader awards. For those of you who don’t know, these award lists are compiled by the librarians and voted on by the actual readers themselves, so the books get read by lots and lots of kids.

Suddenly, POWERLESS had a second life. Those award nominations turned my little book into my big book. The blue book that could.

That’s why I am THRILLED that WILL IN SCARLET has started to get some of the same love. So far it has been nominated for the following:

Illinois: THE REBECCA CAUDILL YOUNG READER’S BOOK AWARD (which POWERLESS won back in 2012!)
Missouri: THE MARK TWAIN READER’S AWARD
Mississippi: THE MAGNOLIA AWARD
South Dakota: THE SOUTH DAKOTA TEEN CHOICE AWARD

To the librarians and educators, I say THANK YOU!
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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!