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.