My editor just emailed me with some good news! My book "Boys that Bite" was selected by the Young Adult Library Services Association (Part of the American Library Association) as a 2007 Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers!!
Here's how they choose the books, according to their website:
The Quick Picks committee seeks books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure. The list is geared to the teenager who, for whatever reason, does not like to read. The list is not intended for teenagers with reading disabilities, though some of the selected titles may be appropriate for those teens. Teen input is a vital aspect in the final decision of the committee.Committee members spend countless hours reading, selecting books to nominate, and working one-on-one with reluctant readers to gauge their interest in the books.
I'm thrilled, to say the least! I love the idea that kids who would normally shy away from reading find my book entertaining and approachable. Perhaps planting a seed for a lifelong habit of reading. It makes me feel like I'm doing some good in the world! :)
If you'd like to see the entire list, you can find it here.