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Exciting Things are Happening!

Artwork by Mo Willems (I LOVE him!)

So many wonderful and exciting things have been happening! For starters, The Cheshire Cheese Cat, won a Cybil in the Science Fiction & Fantasy category! It always means a lot when the readers pick your book, especially when you’re up against so many other fabulous titles (I’m looking at you A Monster Calls!).

To top off the excitement of winning a Cybil, The Cheshire Cheese Cat has been nominated for an Indies Choice award in the Middle Reader category! It is in great company, so be sure to check out the whole nominees list here.

Lastly, SLJ’s Battle of the Books has officially started! Unfortunately, The Cheshire Cheese Cat did not make it to the next round. Sy Montgomery had a tough choice between two very different books. Chime went home the winner of the round, but Montgomery had some lovely things to say about The Cheshire Cheese Cat.

“The book works on several levels. The literary allusions are hilarious for those in the know. The fast-paced plot has as many twists as London’s alleys. The authors (one of whom, Randall Wright, is a bit of a Dickens scholar) let loose with some fabulous words here (Ready for some hookem-snivey? There’s plenty to be had in these pages.) And along the way, readers will find that enemies can become friends, learn how to make a good apology, and discover the power of the pen—even if the actual writing implement is really….well, you’ll see.”

(excerpt from Battle of the Books Review. Read the whole post here.)