Just, in general, hooray!
Today the Newbery Awards were announced, and I am beside myself with glee! Neil Gaiman's Graveyard Book is the winner! And Savvy, by Ingrid Law, is one of the honorees. I have not yet read Savvy, but I've been hearing such good things about it, I cannot wait! For a complete list of the winners, also the winners of the Printz and other fine awards, go to: www.ala.org!
And in other news:
Princess of the Midnight Ball is out! YAY! It actually came out last Tuesday, but I haven't had two seconds to blog! But it's here, and it's fabulous. Go, buy, read, love. It is my joy and my delight, as though it were one of my very own children. Kirkus gave it a RAVE review- Thanks, guys!
If you check the "Meet Jessica" page, you will see that I will be out and about promoting this wonderful book in the month of Love, aka February. And speaking of love, I have yet to post on that page that I will be in Tooele at 2 pm on February 14th at The Purple Cow Bookstore. More details to come on that one, as I will be reading and signing and making merry with other authors like Sara Zarr and Randall Wright!
Remember, kids, Midnight Ball is my ode to knitting, and there are knitting patterns that go along with it. The patterns have been added to the Midnight Ball page, and if you knit one of them, send me a picture. I think I'm going to start posting "fan knits!" on there too! So if you're a knitter, wear your best knitwear to my signings! I'll have THE black wool chain with me, and am elbow deep in yarn making some other fun things to wear.
And now it's that time when I post my favorite books of the year. I'm doing something a little different this year, as you will see. They're in no particular order, and they may not have been published in 2008, that's just when I read them.
Favorite Kids' Lit
The Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer, by Laini Taylor
The Exchange, by Graham Joyce
The Game, by Diana Wynne Jones
Life As We Knew It, by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Chalice, by Robin McKinley
Suite Scarlett, by Maureen Johnson
The Absolutely True History of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Fighting Ruben Wolfe, by Markus Zuzak
The Invention of Hugo Cabrey, by Brian Selznick
The Patron Saint of Butterflies, by Cecelia Galante
Ten Cents a Dance, by Christine Fletcher
Best Adult Books
Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay
Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
The First Man in Rome, by Colleen McCullough
Water for Elephants, by Sara Gruen
Yes Man! by Danny Wallace
Eating Chocolates and Dancing in the Kitchen, by Tom Plummer
Best Short Stories
The Ladies of Grace Adieu and Other Stories, by Susannah Clarke
M is for Magic, by Neil Gaiman
Let it Snow! by Lauren Myracle, John Green, and Maureen Johnson
Best Picture Books
Llama Llama, Red Pajama, by Anna Dewdney
No Babysitters Allowed! by Amber Stewart and Laura Rankin
Cinderella, by Cynthia Rylant
Fifteen Animals! by Sandra Boynton
Go now, my people, and READ!