Saturday, March 26, 2011

Reader Art, Spring Break, and the Super Moon

I have these two new awesome drawings from readers to share. Above, the family from Savvy, by Elle. Below, a Savvy montage, by Jessica.

It's been spring break around here. My family took a brief vacation to Seattle last week. I got to see the 'Super Moon' rise from the top of the Space Needle. It was awesome. We also did the underground tour and went to the Science Fiction Museum, among other adventures. The museum had a Battlestar Gallactica exhibit that made me very happy (I was a big BG fan as a kid... and again as an adult when they recreated the show). We also returned to the amazing Teatro Zinzanni (we went during a Seattle trip two years ago) and got all dolled up for the show. Alas... I have no pictures.

While in Washington, I also stopped in to sign some books (quietly) at Secret Garden Books. So if you're in the Seattle area and are looking for a signed copy of Savvy or Scumble, they should have plenty.

I can't believe that March is almost over!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

National Homeschool Book Award Nomination

I am so thrilled to have just found out that SAVVY has been chosen as a finalist for the first annual National Homeschool Book Award.

It's nice to see my friends Watt Key and Wendy Mass nominated as well for their books: ALABAMA MOON and EVERY SOUL A STAR. And you've got to know I'll be headed to the library or bookstore soon to check out the fourth book on the list, THE REMARKABLE & VERY TRUE STORY OF LUCY & SNOWCAP, by H.M. Bouwman.

We homeschooled for a substantial portion of my daughter's middle school years, and I have a dear friend who homeschools her eight-year-old son. And, of course, the Beaumont children in SAVVY are homeschooled as soon as their 'savvies' strike. So this nomination is one that truly warms my heart.

On a side note: Sorry I haven't been around the blog much lately! I've had my head in my writing and don't pull it out into the real world for much these days (you should see the chaos that is my living room... don't get me started on the kitchen). And if you've written me a snail-mail letter and haven't heard back yet, please be patient! I will reply. But it takes me forever, and I have a stack. And if letters come to me through my publisher, it can be months before I even get them.