Monthly Archives: December 2013

looking ahead

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Just a few quick notes before the end of the year:

  • I am very excited that I will be able to attend the ALA Midwinter conference in Philadelphia this January. I am really looking forward to it and appreciate having the opportunity to meet and connect with so many amazing librarians and authors and readers.
  • Recently, Wendy Daughdrill interviewed me for YALSA’s blog The Hub, which you can read here.
  • The UK paperback edition of Charm and Strange comes out on January 2nd! Electric Monkey/Egmont UK is hosting a blog tour that will run from January 13 – 16th. More details to come soon!

Other than that, the holiday season has been quiet around here. I’ve been running more. Playing with my kids. Writing. Reading. Learning. 2013 has been a special year, for many reasons, and it has left me more inspired than ever to continue my work and studies in mental health, and to be the best advocate I can be, in every aspect of my life. 

Here’s to 2014! Happy New Year!




Charm & Strange is a 2014 Morris Award Finalist

I am still so stunned and happy by today’s news that Charm & Strange is a finalist for the 2014 William C. Morris award. What a special, special moment. I’m not sure I even have the words to express how very honored I am and how much gratitude I feel toward YALSA and all the amazing librarians who have cared about this book.

I am a pretty well-trained insomniac and usually spend my late night hours watching old movies or bad television. But last night, for some reason, I actually re-read Charm & Strange for the first time in a long, long while. Doing so made me feel so fortunate to have had a chance to share Andrew’s story with the world, and today I feel even more fortunate.

Many congratulations to all the finalists. I’ve read all but one to date, and they are all such special books!

Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian

Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets by Evan Roskos

Belle Epoque by Elizabeth Ross

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters