Friday, December 4, 2015

Trailer! Trailer! Trailer!


 e.E. Charlton-Trujillo and Jim Bailey did something amazing.

They made a trailer for I CRAWL THROUGH IT, a book I thought was completely trailer-proof. 

I was having an amazing day heading to NCTE/ALAN (More on that soon) and just when I thought things couldn't get better, the awesome Anthony Breznican interviewed me and BAM! Next thing you know the trailer was released on Entertainment Weekly with the interview....just as I was walking on stage at ALAN with Andrew Smith on Monday.

Wanna see the whole EW piece with the trailer? 
Click on this screenshot. 



Just want to see the trailer? 
Here you go.




Isn't it awesome?

If I was to recap NCTE/ALAN, we'd be here all day. I have line edits to do, you have more important things to do, too. So I'll share a few pictures.

With Andrew Smith, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo on night one.
The next day was E.'s NCTE panel on defining At-Risk and reaching At-Risk students
in the classroom. It was a brilliant panel and then later that night, E. screened her kickass
documentary At-Risk Summer and it was beyond amazing to see it on the big screen. 

I love seeing Laurie Halse Anderson. She is the awesome. 

Photo Cred: Marika-the-awesome
Saturday was a long day, but right in the middle was a great event at the St. Paul Public Library
with my brother from another mother, Andrew Smith.
Andrew's book STICK is the St. Paul READ BRAVE selection for next year.
We packed the room and, as promised, donated $250 a piece to Face to Face, which
provides help to at-risk and homeless youth in St. Paul. 

And on Monday, we were at it again at the ALAN workshop.
My favorite quote from Andrew at this event (slightly paraphrased):
"Reluctant readers aren't born, they're made."
Amen.
(Photo Cred: My social media accounts are wonky and I can't find who took this.
But thank you.)

What follow are Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award pictures. 
Look.
Sometimes this all moves too fast for me. I don't expect anyone to read my books, like them, or give two hoots about their existence. So it's always surprising and really delightful when something great happens to a book. Glory O'Brien's History of the Future won the Walden Award this year and this was a great panel (filled with my idols!) and a great day. I reckon it's nice to remember great days, so here are a few pictures. 


Photo Cred: Noah Schaffer
See, when I make a speech, I tend to look down right after I'm done. I look at my shoes and shuffle back to my seat.
When I finished this one-minute-long speech, right when this picture was taken, I'd looked up and saw the crowd standing.
I had no idea until I saw this picture that my fellow panelist-idols were also standing.
I can't thank Noah enough for capturing this moment for me. 

Photo Cred: Noah Schaffer
The Walden committee and the finalists--missing is Michael Williams, who sent
a lovely message to us all from South Africa.

This is Jim. Jim is the reason I'm a member of ALAN and he's the reason I love ALAN so much.
Jim roped me into my first ALAN conference as an attendee back in 2009. 
I met Jim in Phoenix during my very first book event. He saved me from a crazy book-banner.
True story. 
Photo Cred: The Awesome Kristin Elizabeth Clark
On my last night in Minneapolis, I watched Ellen Hopkins get picked apart by that vulture.
No I didn't.
But this picture was too weird not to share. 

While these are pictures of friends and events, the most important thing about NCTE/ALAN are the teachers who dedicate their lives to students. There is a reason this is my favorite conference of the year--and it's those teachers. Education is the most important job in the world and I am so proud to call so many hard-working teachers my friends.


In other news, I CRAWL THROUGH IT has landed on The Horn Book's best books of 2015 list, which is a huge honor, as well as BookPage's best books of 2015. And there is more news to come on that front.

Now, back to line edits and stuff like that.
It's December already.
Enjoy the holiday season in whatever way you do and I'll see you around here soon.

A