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>> Monday, April 21, 2008

I just learned last week that Something Rotten is a finalist in the 2008 SIBA Book Awards. SIBA is the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance--meaning independent bookstores all over the southeast. Each year they name the "best of Southern literature," and this year Something Rotten (which is set in East Tennessee) is among the finalists in the Children's category:


1. Aurora County All Stars by Deborah Wiles (Harcourt)
2. Br'er Rabbit Captured by Jean Cassels (Walker)
3. Chicken Dance by Jacques Couvillon (Bloomsbury)
4. Deep in the Swamp
by Donna Bateman (Charlesbridge)
5. Louisiana's Song
by Kerry Madden (Viking)
6. Something Rotten by Alan Gratz (Dial Books)
That's some big time competition in there, and Deb Wiles and Kerry Madden are both friends. Were friends. They're dead to me now. I'm taking them down.

The winner will be named at the Decatur Book Festival at the end of August, and I'll be there!


Deborah Wiles April 21, 2008 at 3:25 PM  

"Deb Wiles and Kerry Madden are both friends. Were friends. They're dead to me now. I'm taking them down."

Well! I happen to know your Mama raised you better 'n that! See you in Decatur! I'm proud to be on the list with you and Kerry and Jacques and Donna.

Kerry Madden,  April 23, 2008 at 12:02 PM  

And my mother knows your father from days at Webb School in Knoxville! Nevertheless, the gauntlet has been thrown/flung, the dye cast, the something, something...oh forget it...Let's raise a glass in Decatur with Debbie, Jacques and Donna!!

See you soon, Alan. Love to Jo and Wendy!

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