Tuesday, March 31, 2009

News

I just got word that Savvy has made the 2009-2010 KSRA Young Adult Book Award Master List!

From the KSRA Website:

"The Young Adult Book Award is presented by the Keystone State Reading Association to a book suitable for students at the middle level. This book is chosen by students in Pennsylvania as their favorite book from a list of nominations published by the KSRA Young Adult Book Committee."


In more great news, Savvy has also made the Kansas State Reading Circle 2009 Recommended Reading List! (Yay! Kansas!)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Earth Hour Tonight at 8:30pm - Turn off your lights

I just heard about this. It's a campaign to have one billion homes and businesses around the world turn off their lights tonight from 8:30-9:30pm to show global support for addressing issues of climate change. It's already begun and is making it's way around the world now.

From the AP, "From the Great Pyramids to the Acropolis, the London Eye to the Las Vegas strip, nearly 4,000 cities and towns in 88 countries planned to join in the World Wildlife Fund-sponsored event, a time zone-by-time zone plan to dim nonessential lights . . ."

http://www.earthhour.org/

Here's the online article I saw that grabbed my interest:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090328/ap_on_re_as/earth_hour

I think my daughter and I will join in! Maybe we'll play checkers by candlelight. Maybe I'll win for once.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Home Again

Despite the fact that our plane was the last to make it out of Alaska into Seattle because of the volcano and we were heading back into Denver into a blizzard, we made it home from our Washington vacation.

We enjoyed being in Seattle and we spent a couple of additional nights at Kalaloch Lodge, right on the beach in the Olympic National Forest. We also spent one afternoon "Twilighting" in Forks.

Now it's home to sunshine and big snow and catching up on things. But here are a couple of pictures from the trip...

Me, at the Chamber of Commerce in Forks, Washington, with "Bella's" truck.

The view from our window at the Kalaloch Lodge. The sky was actually kind of blue--you just can't tell in this picture.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Today's word of the week is one I keep trying to get into my next book. It goes in and comes out again. Edit in. Edit out. I like it though, and it suits the book...

SPALL

As a verb, "spall" means "to break into smaller pieces." As a noun, it means "a chip or a splinter."

We'll see if the word lands in the final draft. But it will be a while yet before I know for sure.

Thank you, dear readers, for being patient as I work!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Quick Note from the Vacation I Promised My Daughter I Wouldn't Work Too Much During...

My daughter and I are enjoying Seattle and the cool, rainy weather. It's certainly our kind of climate! I've gotten to know 1st Avenue nicely over the last couple of days and I even had the chance to stop into The Elliot Bay Book Company in Pioneer Square. I signed all of the copies of Savvy they had in stock (a good number!), so if you're in the Seattle area and want a signed book, Elliot Bay has some (they even had a couple of first editions left, but none with the Newbery medal yet).

Speaking of the Newbery Medal... did you know you can purchase an array of medal stickers directly from ALA online? I would never have guessed.

Okay. Now back to my regularly scheduled vacation...

Monday, March 23, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Storybook Vacations

I've never yet taken the trip I've wanted to take for most of my life.

Ever since I was eleven years old and finished gobbling up Anne of Green Gables and every other book by Lucy Maud Montgomery that I could get my hands on (thanks to my teacher Mrs. Beal who even got me one of the Rilla books from Canada), I've wanted to visit Prince Edward Island.

Before I wrote Savvy, my daughter convinced me that, even though we didn't have a lot of extra money, I should start saving my money for a trip to P.E.I. for my 40th birthday in 2010.

Since Savvy's come out, my life has been a bit of a whirlwind and I admit that, for a time, I forgot all about my P.E.I. plans and dreams.

This year, for my daughter's spring break, I let her choose our vacation destination. I've been traveling so much, I thought it was only fair. Like me, she chose a place from one of her favorite books... a little town in the Pacific Northwest. So we're off soon.

Where are we going?

Spoons? Knives? No... that other place, of course!

I like the fact that, when we think of vacations, my daughter and I are inspired by the books we love. Now I can't forget... next year it will be my turn. Prince Edward Island. Fingers crossed.

So, if I don't blog for awhile, just know I'm off looking for vampires... or maybe werewolves. But, really, I'd settle for an otter.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Congratulations to My Friends at Walden Media

Walden Media has been honored by the Association of American Publishers for their continuous efforts to inspire the appreciation and love of children's books, and for "firing up the imaginations of kids and educators." (AAP President and CEO Pat Schroeder)

Walden Media founder, Micheal Flaherty, accepted the 2009 AAP Honors Award on March 11. Walden selected Reach Out and Read as the recipient of the Award's charitable contribution.

For those who might not know, Walden Media partnered on the publication of Savvy with Dial Books for Young Readers (a division of the Penguin Young Readers Group). Walden is also working on developing Savvy as a feature film.

I want to wish everyone at Walden a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS! You guys rock (and hop and skip and jump)!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Word of the Week Thursday

Today's word of the week is another that I chose to use in Savvy:

FLIBBERTIGIBBET

A "flibbertigibbet" is a chattering, flighty person--maybe what we might now call an "airhead." I, of course, decided to bend the word into an adjective, like so . . .

“Stop it, Bobbi,” said Fish, one hand raised in a tight fist, as Lester and Lill climbed up into the bus with Samson.
“Stop what?” said Bobbi, overflowing with fake flibbertigibbety sugar.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

German Edition and More Foreign Deals


I received my author copies of the German language translation of Savvy... I can't read them, but it's fun to try. The translator, Sylke Hachmeister, had the job of translating all of my crazy words. I'm sure it's fabulous. The book turned out beautifully! Titled Schimmer, the book is available from German Amazon. I'm sure (or I hope) it's available in many bookstores in Germany as well, and I recently received a message from someone in Switzerland who had read the German version.

Below is a peek at the first page...

In other foreign rights news, I've recently accepted offers from China and Indonesia! Wow, Lester probably never would have thought that bus of his would ever travel so far!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?


For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

NYT Bestsellers List: On again!

Thanks to everyone who's helped put Savvy back on the New York Times Bestsellers List again (3/22/09)! I think the book is a little like me, it likes attention for a while, then it needs some space to be shy and catch it's breath. Still, it's a happy place to be.

Thanks for supporting the book!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Sweet Start at Dieringer Heights Elementary

I flew to Washington last Sunday to spend several days in Lake Tapps with the teachers and students at Dieringer Heights Elementary School. I had so much fun! But I forgot my camera and that made me very sad because the students had decorated the school so beautifully with their own Savvy creations. Fortunately, the wonderful teachers promised to forward me lots of pictures, but until then, here's what I have.

First, on the day I arrived, one of the parents and some of the awesome students brought an amazing gift basket by my hotel. It had cookies shaped and frosted like pink Bible delivery buses, tons of goodies, a beautiful Savvy T-shirt made especially for me, magazines, coffee, and more!

That night, I got to spend a great evening getting to know the 4th and 5th grade teachers over delicious lasagna and cupcakes with pink and yellow frosting. Plus! It turned out that there was a special, surprise guest! My illustrator, Brandon Dorman, lives very close to the school I was visiting and was invited to join in the fun at dinner. It was the first time I'd had the opportunity to meet Brandon personally. What a treat!

For the next two days, I got to visit every class at the school and answer all kinds of Savvy questions. One of the classes even drew their own pictures of what they thought the cover should be for my next book. I wish I could post them all! Every one is fantastic. But because I have limited space, I'll pick three at random.

I'll try to share more about my visit to Dieringer Heights Elementary soon! All the kids got temporary tattoos! It was very fun.

Here are a few of those cover ideas . . .



Thursday, March 12, 2009

Tavelli Elementary 3/2/09

I'm so behind on my blogging about my school visits... I even skipped my Word of the Week this week.

In an attempt to start getting caught up, here is a picture from my visit to Tavelli Elementary School in Fort Collins, Colorado, on Read Across America Day on March 2nd. I spent a great day at the school and had fun meeting all the kids and the fabulous staff (including those who so happily dressed up as the Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 and Thing 2, and the mother from the book The Cat in the Hat.

There was a What's Your Savvy wall where kids could write down and post their own ideas about what their savvies might be--whether real, or imaginary--and I enjoyed reading them all!

Here are just some of the things the kids at Tavelli wrote:





Cool Savvy YouTube Video!

I just got home from an amazing trip to Lake Tapps, Washington. I will blog about my visit there as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, I just came across a wonderful YouTube video created by an eleven-year-old girl named Sunny that recreates Fish's savvy birthday. I hope it's okay with Sunny that I'm sharing it here!

Good job, Sunny! Wow!



Here's the link if you can't see the embedded video: http://pop.youtube.com/watch?v=XYyKDtg7lHk

Monday, March 9, 2009

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.

Friday, March 6, 2009

School Visits

I had a wonderful time Monday when I spent the day at Tavelli Elementary in Fort Collins, Colorado, to help celebrate Read Across America Day! The Cat in the Hat was even there, too! I hope to have pictures to post soon, along with more details about this fun day.

This coming Monday and Tuesday, I'll be visiting Dieringer Heights Elementary in Lake Tapps, Washington. I'm looking forward to my visit!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

ABA Announces Finalists for the 2009 Indies Choice Book Awards

The American Booksellers Association has announced the finalists for the inaugural Indies Choice Book Awards. These awards reflect the phenomenal spirit of independent bookstores and the IndieBound movement. And I am so, so thrilled that they have chosen to recognize Savvy as a finalist in the YA Buzz Book category!

I've met so many amazing booksellers over the last year and am continuously amazed by the attention these folks give the books inside their shops as well as the efforts they make to engage young people in continuous excitement for literacy through book talks, posted in-store kid reviews, not to mention helping to bring authors into their local schools as well.

I saw the power of the Indie bookseller in action while on tour last fall. While down in Austin, Texas, hosted by the amazing folks at Book People, I was met at the school by Book People's Topher Bradfield. I may have been the visiting author, but Topher was the true rock star at the event, with kids calling out his name and rushing up to him as we walked together through the halls. It seems that Topher is a book talk genius!

Angela Sherrill, from 57th Street Books in Chicago, and a woman who shares my deep love for vocabulary ran a wonderful Savvy promotion last year. At the end of it, the store held a drawing and gave away a copy of the Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

I got to go to Friday night fish dinner in Bee, Nebraska, with Carla Ketner and her family. Carla owns Chapters Books and Gifts in Seward, Nebraska, and she hosted me for a lovely reading at her store, complemented by snack food straight out of the book!

I spent time with Ellen Scott at The Bookworm in Omaha for a special teacher's night where they invited educators to the store to giveaway all of the ARCs and materials that they know will be deeply appreciated by the schools and teachers.

And, of course, I always deeply appreciate my local independent bookseller, The Boulder Bookstore, where David Bolduc, Louise, Liesl, Mandy and the gang have been so incredibly supportive.

Oh, I could keep going on and on about all the wonderful people I met on my pre-pub tour, or who wrote such wonderful things about the book, like Rosemary Pugliese from Quail Ridge Books; David Richardson, The Blue Marble Bookstore; Cathy Berner, Blue Willow Bookshop; Janie Cornett, Coffeetree Books; Holly Myers, Elliott Bay Book Company; Lynne Mook, Mook & Blanchard; Jan Iverson, Warwick’s; Isabel Berg, BookEnds; Robert McDonald, Unabridged Bookstore; Sara Carter, Children’s Bookshop...

Then there's everyone at Kepler's, Powell's, Vroman's, Mrs. Nelson's, Pooh's Corner, The Tattered Cover, Reader's Cove, and I know that I'm forgetting so, so many more independent booksellers I've had the pleasure of getting to know.

Meanwhile, back to the nominees... Again I find myself in the most incredible company. Here are the other books and authors who have been nominated in the same category as Savvy:

Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book (Fiction)

Graceling, by Kristin Cashore (HMH)
The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins)
Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Scholastic)
Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow (Tor)
My Most Excellent Year, by Steve Kluger (Dial)
Savvy, by Ingrid Law (Dial)

Word of the Week Thursday

Okay, so we all know about vowels - A, E, I, O, U and sometimes Y. We see these letters a lot in words, of course. In fact, it's rare to find a word that doesn't have at least one of them in it somewhere. These rare words without vowels are the Scrabble lover's dream come true, are they not? So, in honor of my mom and dad and sister who are all so much better at Scrabble than I, today's Word of the Week will not have any vowels. And the word is:

CRWTH

Pronounced KROOTH (rhymes with "tooth"), this word is a noun. A 'crwth' is an ancient Celtic stringed instrument. It is also called a 'crowd.' So, perhaps I'm cheating a bit, since the word is not exactly in regular use with that particular spelling... still, I like it and hope one day to remember it if I should ever find myself brave enough to take on the rest of my family in Scrabble. (Drat them and their winning word-game skills!)

Monday, March 2, 2009

Andre Norton YA Award Nomination!

I just found out last night that Savvy is one of five nominees for this year's Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy! What an honor - I'm so excited!

Created by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) to honor the late Andre Norton, the award is given every year as part of the Nebula Awards.

And I'm in such excellent company with the other Norton Award nominees. They are:

Graceling - Kristin Cashore (Harcourt, Oct08)

Lamplighter - D.M. Cornish (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 2, Putnam Juvenile, May08)

The Adoration of Jenna Fox - Mary E. Pearson (Henry Holt and Company, Apr08)

Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room) - Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt, Sep08)

For the complete list of this year's Nebula Award nominees, CLICK HERE.

The awards banquet will be held on Saturday, April 25th, in Los Angeles.

Reader Monday - What's Your Savvy?



For more reader savvies, click on the What's your savvy? label here on the blog. And check back weekly for Reader Savvy Mondays, where I post what real kids have to say about what their savvy know-how might be. Or to write to me what you imagine your savvy might be, click HERE to be directed to the Contact page of my website.