It was a challenge this weekend to spend so long in the company of so many writers knowing that my book MEETING MISS 405 had been nominated for OLA's 2010 Forest of Reading Silver Birch Express Award - and not be able to say a word.
But now it's official.
I'm right chuffed, thrilled, and excited at the prospect of participating in the Forest of Reading festivities at Harbourside in Toronto next May.
And even more thrilled to know that this nomination means this book will find its way into the hands of hundreds of Ontario school children - in the same way that the book's nomination for the BC Young Reader's Chocolate Lily Book Award means children in BC schools are reading it, too.
The Silver Birch Express category is just one of several within the Forest of Reading Award, and I'm privileged to see my book in the company of those of so many other fine writers, a number of whom I've 'met' through the online Kidlit critique group (one of a number of the groups in Compuserve's Books and Writers Community Forum) - moderated by Ontario author Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch whose book Call Me Aram is nominated in two categories!