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“Bystander” Named to Ballot of 2012 Charlotte Award Nominees

This is amazing good news. Great news, in fact. I’m happy and proud to say that my book, Bystander, is included on the ballot for the 2012 New York State Reading Association Charlotte Award.

To learn more about the award, and to download a ballot or bookmark, please click here.

The voting is broken down into four categories and includes forty books. Bystander is in the “Grades 6-8/Middle School” category. Really, it’s staggering. There are ten books in this category out of literally an infinity of titles published each year. You do the math, people.

For more background stories on Bystander — that cool “insider info” you can only find on the interwebs! — please click here (bully memory) and here (my brother John) and here (Nixon’s dog, Checkers) and here (the tyranny of silence).

Below please find all the books on the ballot — congratulations, authors & illustrators! I’m honored to be in your company.


Bubble Trouble . . . Margaret Mahy/Polly Dunbar

City Dog, Country Frog . . . Mo Willems/Jon J Muth

Clever Jack Takes the Cake . . . Candace Fleming/G. Brian Karas

Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes . . . Margie Palatini/Barry Moser

Memoirs of a Goldfish . . . Devin Scillian/Tim Bower

Otis . . . Loren Long

Stars Above Us . . . Geoffrey Norman/E.B. Lewis

That Cat Can’t Stay . . . Thad Krasnesky/David Parkins

Turtle, Turtle, Watch Out! . . . April Pulley Sayre/Annie Patterson

We Planted a Tree . . . Diane Muldrow/Bob Staake


The Can Man . . . Laura E. Williams/Craig Orback L

Emily’s Fortune . . . Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Family Reminders . . . Julie Danneberg/John Shelley

Fly Free! . . . Roseann Thong/Eujin Kim Neilan

Jake . . . Audrey Couloumbis

Lizards . . . Nic Bishop

Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute . . . Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse . . . Marilyn Singer/Josee Massee

The Sandwich Swap . . . Queen Rania of Jordan & Kelly DiPucchio/Tricia Tusa

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride . . . Andrea Pinkney/Brian Pinkney


All the Broken Pieces . . . Ann E. Burg

Bystander . . . James Preller

The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. . . . Kate Messner

Candy Bomber . . . Michael Tunnell

Cleopatra Rules! . . . Vicky Alvear Shecter

How to Survive Middle School . . . Donna Gephart

January’s Sparrow . . . Patricia Polacco

The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook . . . Eleanor Davis

Slob . . . Ellen Potter

A Tale Dark & Grimm . . . Adam Gidwitz


Beautiful Creatures . . . Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

The Chosen One . . . Carol Lynch Williams

The Maze Runner . . . James Dashner

North of Beautiful . . . Justina Chen Headley

The Notorious Benedict Arnold . . . Steven Sheinkin

The Sweetheart of Prosper County . . . Jill S. Alexander

The Things a Brother Knows . . . Dana Reinhardt

Trash . . . Andy Mulligan

Truce . . . Jim Murphy

The Year of Goodbyes . . . Debbie Levy

By the way, who’s Charlotte?

Illustration: Garth Williams.

“Bystander” on 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Award Master List

Still pleased about the good news from Vermont, I’m happy to announce that Bystander has been also named to the 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Children’s Book Award Master List.

It is an honor to be one of the few titles selected for consideration. Now may the ballot box-stuffing commence! Vote early and vote often! That’s P-R-E . . . L-L . . . E-R . . . like the shampoo, but with an E-R at the end.

My books will leave you more radiant!

Wait. Was that not dignified? I’m getting the feeling that maybe Jean Craighead George might have handled it differently.

Also included from Feiwel & Friends, in the grades 9-12 category:

In the Path of Falling Objects by Andrew Smith

The other titles in the grades 6-8 category along with Bystander:

All The Broken Pieces/By Ann E. Burg.
Scholastic Press, 2009.
Two years after being airlifted out of Vietnam in 1975, Matt Pin is haunted by the terrible secret he left behind. Now in a loving adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events forces him to confront his past.

Bystander/By James Preller.
Feiwel and Friends, 2009.
Thirteen-year-old Eric discovers there are consequences to not standing by and watching as the bully at his new school hurts people. Although school officials are aware of the problem, Eric may be the one with a solution.

Faith, Hope, And Ivy June/By Phyllis Reynolds Naylor.
Delacorte, 2009.
During a student exchange program, seventh-graders Ivy June and Catherine share their lives, home, and communities. Surprisingly, both girls find that although their lifestyles are total opposites, they have a lot in common.

Flawed Dogs: The Shocking Raid On Westminster /By Berkeley Breathed.

Philomel Books, 2009.
After being framed by a jealous poodle, a dachshund is left for dead, but comes back with a group of mutts from the National Last Ditch Dog Depository to disrupt the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show and exact revenge on Cassius the poodle.

Jane In Bloom/By Deborah Lytton.
Dutton Children’s Books, 2009.
Devastated when her beautiful, older sister dies from anorexia, twelve-year-old Jane recovers slowly from the tragedy with help from unexpected sources.

Leviathan/By Scott Westerfeld.
Simon Pulse, 2009.
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek is on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery. Alek soon forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn, a girl secretly disguised as a boy so she can serve in the British Air Service, who is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.

Million-Dollar Throw/By Mike Lupica.
Philomel Books, 2009.
Eighth-grade star quarterback Nate Brodie’s family is feeling the stress of the troubled economy, plus his best friend Abby is going blind. When he gets a chance to win a million dollars by completing a pass during halftime of a New England Patriot’s game, he is nearly overwhelmed by the pressure to succeed.

Slob By Ellen Porter.
Philomel Books, 2009.
Picked on, overweight genius Owen tries to invent a television that can see the past to find out what happened the day his parents were killed.

The Storm In The Barn/By Matt Phelan.
Candlewick, 2009.

Eleven-year-old Jack Clark struggles with everyday obstacles while his family and community contend with the challenges brought on by the Dust Bowl in 1937 Kansas.

Woods Runner/By Gary Paulsen.
Wendy Lamb Books, 2010.
From his 1776 Pennsylvania homestead, thirteen-year-old Samuel sets out toward New York to rescue his parents from the band of British soldiers and Native Americans who kidnapped them after slaughtering most of their community. Includes historical notes.

When I was a kid, I sat like a zombie and watched commercials like this 1970 Prell advertisement. Younger people don’t understand, even people just 5-10 years younger don’t always get it, but my childhood was like the show “Mad Men” . . . but all the time. Like, I mean, it wasn’t an artful, critically-acclaimed television show that millions watched on HBO. It was the WORLD I lived in, without the knowing wink-wink of irony. Crazy, right? Trust me on this, people, and watch . . .

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