In the Los Angeles Times on Friday, August 27, 2009, the nominations for the annual Southern California Independent Booksellers Association book awards were listed. I'm delighted to learn that The Year the Swallows Came Early was nominated in the category of Children's Novel. Here's the link:
My twelve year old son has actually read Hunger, by Michael Grant, which is one of the other nominations. It's a really great book, with an amazing beginning that keeps you reading, and I'm honored to be listed with Michael. His lovely wife, Katherine Applegate, wrote one of my all time favorite middle grade books, Home of the Brave. They have two children that I've met at various writing conferences. I can't help but look at them and think how high their SAT writing scores will probably be someday. I'm a past teacher and I've got a junior in high school, so there's a lot of talk about SAT scores around here lately. With parents like Katherine and Michael, though, they'll probably get close to a perfect score!