It has been a wonderful week and a half for Personal Effects.

I received word last week that Personal Effects has been selected for Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2013, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council. The list will be published in the NCSS magazine in May. I'll add a link to the 2013 list when it becomes available online, but the lists for 2000-2012 are available here.

Monday morning I awoke to the news that Personal Effects was selected for The 2013 Rainbow List (a joint project of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Round Table and the Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association).  I have eagerly anticipated the Rainbow List every year, and seeing Personal Effects included this year with so many of my favorite 2012 books was thrilling!

And today brought more good news. Personal Effects was selected for YALSA's 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults list, again, among so many of my favorite books of 2012, and the audio book was named a 2013 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults Top Ten (Thank you, to the supremely-talented Nick Podehl, who infused Personal Effects with audio-book life)!

Seeing Personal Effects be published, seeing it reach readers and inspire blog posts and emails, has been an amazing ride. This recognition is the icing on the cake.

Thank you to my Upstart Crow, Candlewick and Brilliance Audio families! Hip-hip hooray!




By E.M. Kokie

Author of young adult fiction, including PERSONAL EFFECTS (Candlewick, 2012) and RADICAL (Candlewick Press, Fall 2016). Often opinionated. Sometimes Sarcastic.

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