In February of 2014, I received an email from the Chair of the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Committee, her name was Michelle Glatt, and she wrote:
As the Awards Chair for the Rebecca Caudill Young Readers’ Book Award Committee, I am pleased to tell you that your book, A Diamond in the Desert, has been selected for our 2015 master list. Congratulations! Please keep this information confidential until the list is posted at www.rcyrba.org (most likely tonight or Monday morning).
I was thrilled to receive this email. A DIAMOND IN THE DESERT has been my favorite book I have written so far. I seem to get more emails about it from teachers and librarians asking if they can Skype call with me. I have several schools that just want to talk about this book. Next week, I am headed up to Chaminade Prep School, which is in Chatsworth, http://www.chaminade.org/middleschoolto talk to the seventh grade students about the book, and then the week following, I will be doing a presentation at the Downey Public Library. http://www.downeyca.org/services/library/
The link to the Rebecca Caudill website is here: http://www.rcyrba.org
There are twenty other books on the list, which is here:http://www.rcyrba.org/pdf/2015MasterList.pdf
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I do not think my book will win, there are several other extremely well written books on this list, but I am very happy that it was nominated.