Viking Children’s Books 75th Anniversary Party was fan-freaking-tabulous! Here I am with Ambassador Jon Scieszka. I was going to bring him a crown, but I felt like everyone probably does that and I didn’t want to be a lame copier. But according to Jon, everyone does not do that. So I got you next time, Jon!
Any event where I get to speak with Laurie Halse Anderson is a magical time for me. She has been such an amazing source of inspiration and is one of the kindest, most compassionate people I know. I wish that her books would have been available when I was a teen, but I’m happy that she is saving so many kids in countless ways now.
So many friendly neighbors were in the house, there was just not enough time to visit with everyone. My incredible editor, Anne Gunton, was awesome about taking care of me, even in her very pregnant state. Impressive! I am extra lucky to not only have a wonderful editor, but also to have the best publisher a girl could ask for, and that’s Regina Hayes. Regina will be my editor while Anne is on maternity leave starting next month.
Here we have Lizabeth Zindel, author of The Secret Rites of Social Butterflies, which will be released on May 15; Laurie Halse Anderson (Twisted will be out in paperback on May 15); Doug Whiteman, President of Penguin Group Books for Young Readers; and Sarah Dessen (go Lock and Key!).
Special shout-outs to Anton, wizard with the contracts and personal photographer. Thank you for being tall. Sam Kim wins for best cover design of Take Me There, which will be released on May 29. And Sarah Dessen had some seriously shiny hair going on. See, she just dazzles in so many ways…