Monday, November 18, 2013

Don't panic. WE CHANGED OUR LOOK. It's about time.

I have twenty minutes to write this blog, tops, because the awesome Andrew Smith and I are heading to the driving range to hit a few balls around and see who can hit one all the way to Japan. JAPAN, man.

Sure, VOYA reviewer. More to come.
I promise. Thanks!
Still holding back two secrets from you. Sorry. I'll tell you the minute I can.

Here's one thing I can tell you. We got news of Reality Boy's FOURTH STARRED REVIEW today. It will appear in December's VOYA magazine and here's a snippet:
"King’s writing is...better than ever—not one unneeded word slows the reader in racing through this intense and incredibly fresh plot. Kudos, Ms. King. More please."--VOYA

I'm pretty sure that subheading says it all. Thrilled to be in the Top Ten! 

I know it's hard to keep up with what things like this mean, but trust me when I tell you it's good news. The Texas Tayshas list came out this week and both Ask the Passengers AND Reality Boy made the TOP TEN. That's pretty freakin' awesome and a huge thank you to the groovy Texas librarians. All of them.
The link it here to the list--some mighty fine books on there. 

I didn't plan on recapping either conference until I was done with both, but here's a picture of Me, Jarrett Krosoczka, and Laurel Snyder after our early-morning panel about Skyping into classrooms.

I'm starting to realize that every time I take a selfie, my right arm
looks hulkish. SOON AMY TALK LIKE THIS. 

In case you're going to NCTE/ALAN and didn't catch my schedule last time around, here it is again!

Here is my NCTE Schedule for Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM          Signing Reality Boy and other titles in LBYR Booth #803 & 805

1:15 – 2:30 PM                      Speaking on No One Cares What You Think or Feel: Talking Back to the Common Core Standards [Sheraton – Independence Ballroom East, Second Floor]
The unchallenged assertion that “no one cares what you think or feel” in real-world literacy underscores both the standards' key message and method of their development/dissemination. This Conversation invites participants to “talk back” to the CCSS. All will have opportunity to write, draw, or film their personal responses.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Kim McCollum-Clark, Millersville University, chair; Paul Hankins, Floyds Knobs, IN; Teri Lesesne Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX; Mark Letcher, Purdue University-Calumet, Hammond, IN; Cindy Minnich, Upper Dauphin Area High School, Elizabethville, PA; A.S. King, Author

3:00 – 4:00 PM                      Signing Losing It in Lerner Booth #822

6:00 - 8:00 PM                      Cary Library Event with Malindo Lo and Karen Healey        
                                               Cary Memorial Library in Lexington, MA 

And on Monday, I will be speaking on the Walden Award panel from 4:10-5:00pm

Until then, I am organizing things like finishing copy edits for Glory O'Brien's History of the Future. Woot. Also, I may have seen that cover. So...add that to my pile of secrets. Sorry. Again.

I am also finally sending change of address cards. That only took me five months.

I know. The excitement here is exhausting.

Until then, here's me in my lab coat.

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