When I opened my email this morning, I found this euphoric message from her:
Just had to tell you...Ten Cents a Dance was just named one of the 2009 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults!I'd steered Christine (who'd cleverly set aside her advance so she could spend it on promotion) to publicist Kelly Powers of Obie Joe Media. She posted this comment:
TOP freakin' TEN!!
I'm so glad to have events scheduled in Chicago next month!
Effort begets awards...especially when the book is as good as Ten Cents a Dance!And the book is good. Set in Chicago at the outset of WWII, it's about a girl from the stockyards who drops out of high school to become a "taxi dancer" (dime-a-dance girl). I couldn't put it down. A little birdie told me that the Denver teens who met with the ALA BBYA committee last weekend were raving about it. Here's hoping it wins a Cybil Award as well.