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I'm cartwheeling around over the news that THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY has been named as one of the finalists for the prestigious Amelia Walden Award. Looks like SWEETHEART is going to have a shiny silver sticker on her cover! SWEETHEART bling. I'm loving it.

I'm also humbled by the honor especially when I read the award criteria. A distinguished committee from the Assembly on Literature for Adolescents (ALAN) of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)selects young adult novels which demonstrate "a positive approach to life, widespread teen appeal, and literary merit."

Many thanks to the committee, and congrats to all the finalists. I've listed all below, but here's the link to the official ALAN announcement. http://www.alan-ya.org/2010/07/2010-amelia-elizabeth-walden-award-winner-finalists-announced/

The winner of the 2010 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award is:

Fire by Kristin Cashore

The 2010 Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award finalists are:

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco X. Stork
(Arthur A. Levine)

The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancey
(Simon and Schuster)

North of Beautiful by Justina Chen Headley
(Little, Brown and Company)

The Sweetheart of Prosper County by Jill S. Alexander
(Feiwel and Friends)


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Aug. 16th, 2010 06:31 pm (UTC)
Way to go, SWEETHEART! (And, Jill!) Bling well deserved.
Aug. 16th, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)

*throws flowers*
Aug. 18th, 2010 12:33 am (UTC)
Okay~that didn't work. Tried to post a comment before but it kicked me into some screen complaining about my lack of cookies or some such nonsense. Anyway...

Congratulations, Jill!!! You've got some amazing company on the list of finalists.

It was nice meeting you at the conference. Loved the sweet potato fries at dinner, although I think we all could have done without the feathers. ; ) Ara Burklund
Aug. 21st, 2010 05:26 am (UTC)
YaY!!! You totally deserve the credit! And wow! What an amazing list of authors to be in cohoots with!

You go girl!


Aug. 23rd, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)
Thanks, everyone! Big hug!
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