Greetings Inkies! We have some fantastic shamelessness to share with you today!
First of all, teen voters around the country awarded the #2 slot to Jennifer Nielsen's THE FALSE PRINCE for YALSA's Teen Top Ten list. (http://www.ala.org/yalsa/
The second book in that series, THE RUNAWAY KING, has been nominated
for Goodreads' Best of 2013 in the category of Middle Grade and
Children's. If you want to see all the other nominees (or cast a vote),
you can look here: http://www.ala.org/ yalsa/reads4teens/
And next on our shameless list, Vicky Smith, children’s and teen’s editor at Kirkus Reviews, wrote a blog post about Ellen Booraem who she called “One of the Best Kids’ Writers You’ve Never Heard Of.” She praised TEXTING THE UNDERWORLD and Ellen’s two earlier books for “funny, heartfelt examinations of life’s Big Questions.” All of Ellen’s books have gotten starred reviews from Kirkus. And may we say that we at the Inkpot wholeheartedly agree with Ms. Smith!
Next Saturday, at the annual conference of the American Association of School Librarians in Hartford, CT, Ellen will join other middle-grade fantasy writers on a panel called “Head in the Clouds, Feet on the Ground: The Role of Fantasy in the Real World.” If you are like me, you are probably wishing you could be there also!
So that's it for the shamelessness this time. Congratulations to Jennifer and Ellen B!!