The best thing about being a middle grade author is getting to meet your readers. It is amazing and rewarding to get to simply interact with young, avid readers, to visit them at their schools and answer their questions. But every once in a while, one of them will go the extra mile and do something quite amazing and flattering.
For example, there’s Justin, who has created a whole blog http://justintalksbooks.blogspot.com about his favorite books, with a large concentration on mine. Justin obviously has excellent taste in books and I am very thankful to be honored on his blog in such a nice way.
I’ve also had some nice reviews on kids’ websites that are devoted to other authors as well. Like Maci & Zoe Read Books which not only has great reviews and author interviews, but is also an extremely good-looking and well-put-together website. Much better than mine, in fact.
And then there are the book trailers, like this one for Spy School. Not only does this make my book seem amazing, I feel it puts a lot of trailers for this summer’s movies to shame.
Finally, there’s the wonderful speech that was given to me by students Dynasty and Jeremiah when I received my Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Award, which I will simply insert below. You should be aware that I was completely surprised by the quiz at the end, which was given to me in front of several hundred people. Luckily, I didn’t completely embarrass myself, although I did get a few questions wrong. (How could I have not known that a group of hippos is called a ‘bloat’? Shame on me!) And it’s definitely worth checking out the excellent joke at the end.