Best of 2016

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You know those people who keep writing last year’s digits on the new year’s checks?

Well, I’m one of those.

The end of 2016 was a rough one and I’m still catching up! Politics went pear shaped, my kids had to start a new school, but some pretty great things happened too…

Kirkus included my book, THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ, in its list of the best books of 2016. In two categories. In my favorite categories: funny books and fantasies. It was an AMAZING honor. Sometimes it’s hard to toot your own horn. It can feel like blowing a kazoo in the middle of a library.


But I’m doing it anyway, blowing my little kazoo, because it can also feel pretty good!


And then, get this, The New York Public Library said it too. That my book was one of the best of 2016 for kids. I can’t help but think of my elementary school librarian (Mrs. DeFirmian) and the way that she would help me find that next perfect book. Now, in New York City, maybe some librarian is helping a kid find my book.

I hope it makes them laugh like a kazoo zoo-zoo-zooing in the middle of the library.


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