It all started with an email in early April…
“On behalf of the Northern California Book Reviewers (NCBR), I am delighted to tell you that Border Town: Crossing the Line has been nominated for the Northern California Book Award in Children’s Literature (Middle Grades/YA) as one of the best works by a northern California author published in 2012. Congratulations!”
You could not believe my excitement. Nominated for a book award–my first! What a honor. I admit that I didn’t think I’d win an award–not in my life time. I kinda had this weird fantasy that I would be recognized for my brilliant wit and social commentary after my death. A couple weeks later I learned Border Town was also nominated for the Latino Book Awards. Ahhh! I was on a roll.
Fast forward to the awards ceremony…my category was called out. I invited my biggest fans: my mom, step dad, and little sister Suni. The nominees were invited to stand on the stage:
Middle Grade/Young Adult
Border Town: Crossing the Line, Malín Alegría, Scholastic (age 12 and up)
The Five Lives of Our Cat Zook, Joanne Rocklin, Amulet Books (Middle Grade)
“Who Could That Be at This Hour”: All the Wrong Questions, Lemony Snicket, illustrations by Seth, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (age 8 and up, Grades 4-7)
The winner was Lemony Snicket. I was hoping to meet the guy. I’m a huge fan. :) It was so cool to be nominated with him. Maybe next time.