Not one but TWO nice little messages in my inbox this morning:
1) THE FLOATING ISLANDS has been named to the Best Fiction for Young Adults 2012 list — the ALA reviewer says:
“Trei longs to join the Kajuraihi, the floating island defenders with wings powered by dragon magic, while Araene’s secret aspirations to become a chef are thwarted by society’s restrictions on women.”
2) THE FLOATING ISLANDS has also been selected by the Amelia Bloomer Project, which is an honor bestowed on “the best books with a significant feminist content that will appeal to young readers”.
The Amelia Bloomer reviewer says:
“Trei and Araene dream of unconventional futures that defy cultural expectations. They call upon their unique abilities and unite forces when the Floating Islands are attacked by a powerful rival country.”
How about that? And I didn’t even set out to write a feminist book.
3 thoughts on “Woo hoo!”
I hope that means more printing, and more library copies. (Still miffed I had to go out of my way to get a library copy before buying.) Libraries are great places to discover new writers.
If I had a prize, I would find a way to give it to you. You deserve it. Frankly, I’ve read tons of fantasy books for adults and YA in my life and I think you’re absolutely amazing in every single aspect. Your books are so deep and full of meaning, so beautifully written, your character so alive that I don’t have to go very far to find something that’s worthy of a prize.