I am thrilled to announce that Barnes & Noble has selected Spy School as one of the books they will be using as a reward in their Summer Reading challenge this year! Getting your free copy isn’t just easy — it’s also fun. All you have to do is:
1) Be a kid. (I believe their official definition for this is someone in grades K-6, and not someone who merely acts like a child.)
2) Read 8 books. Any 8 books you want.
3) Download their reading journal (click here for it) and record your books.
4) Bring the journal in to any Barnes & Noble.
5) Get your free book!
That’s it! You get a free book just for reading eight other books and doing a little paperwork. How great is that?
The program starts May 22 and runs through September 2 (I think). Want more details? Just click here.
And if all that wasn’t cool enough, there’s been plenty of other great stuff going on:
First of all, a few weeks back, I had the great honor of not only receiving the Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award for Belly Up, but I also got to finally meet the fantastic Sharon Draper, my co-winner and author of Out Of My Mind, Tears of a Tiger and plenty of other great books. (What do authors do when they have a free afternoon together? Well, if they’re in Hershey, Pennsylvania, they go to Chocolate World.)
Then, I learned that Belly Up has been nominated for Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace book award. (In both age categories!)
And then I learned that Spy School has been nominated for a Virginia Reader’s Choice Award.
And then, good reviews for Poached have been pouring in from around not just the USA, but other countries as well. Like Canada! Check out this awesome podcast. (Admittedly, it’s not just about my book, but it’s still worth a listen.)
Plus, I’ve been visiting readers and book stores all over the place, from San Diego to St Paul, Milwaukee to Philadelphia, Chicago to San Francisco. It’s been great to meet so many young, excited readers! (Although now, I have to get back to writing books again.)