Books get all sorts of reviews, the good and the bad. This week, What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? received a review that was beyond good. It was amazing. Incredible. Fantastic. I am still shaking. Booklist, from the American Library Association, said What If Soldiers is “a book that should be paired with John Lennon’s Imagine.” Huge. Awesome.
If you want to see the video for Imagine, click here.
Thank you, Booklist. This means so very much to me!
It really is a scary thing releasing a new book into the world, but so far, things are looking good! Publishers Weekly just posted a review of What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows and said my “brisk reportorial style is refreshingly straightforward. ” Cool!
What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows?, my first nonfiction book, will be released March 15, 2020, and the first review is in! “Fifteen quirky, thoughtful what-if statements trace the history of lesser-known social activists and organizations,” Kirkus Reviews writes, calls the book “hopeful and inspiring.”
A pretty good start, I say!
What If Soldiers Fought with Pillows? is currently available in French from Bayard Canada.
The Canadian Children’s Book Centre announced the nominees for its annual awards and Clutch made the list!
Clutch is nominated for the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction, along with Heather Smith’s The Agony of Bun O’Keefe, Kevin Sands’ The Assassin’s Curse, Julie Lawson’s A Blinding Light and Uma Krishnaswami’s Step Up to the Plate, Maria Singh.
Winners of the English-language awards will be announced on October 29, 2018.
I’m not sure where spring went now that we’ve reached summer, but I do know I have been remiss in updating the crazy life of a first-time author and all the wonderful news from the past season. I say crazy, but overwhelming may be the better word because I have so much to be thankful for:
This week, the wonderful author and illustrator Debbie Ohi posted an article featuring, well, me. In “Three Questions,” I offer advice for young readers, talk about Jackie Robinson and describe a bookcase in my office. Yes, a bookcase.
It’s one thing to get feedback about a novel from friends and family, but it’s quite another to read what professional reviewers have to say. And let me tell you, it’s been amazing!
The first review came in Quill & Quire, in which Paul Gessell wrote: “Joey is a fully developed, complex character one can’t help but love…The fast-paced plot is never dull and never predictable…One can only hope Camlot writes a sequel – Joey surely has many great adventures ahead.” Gessell had one major issue, with the Jackie Robinson references, but he liked the novel enough to ask for another!
My second review come on Sunday: A starred review from Kirkus! I had to sit down I was shaking so much. I was in shock. I still am. The reviewer wrote that “Readers will be completely enthralled with Joey’s world and root for him all the way.” And Clutch was called “Powerful, moving, and wonderful.” The review was glowing from beginning to end!
I can’t explain how it feels to have reviewers and readers enjoy Clutch. When something I’ve worked on for so long, something so personal, is embraced by others, it really is overwhelming.
I wish my dad and my uncle, both of whom inspired Clutch, were still here to see this.