The Forest of Reading!

Writers don’t usually feel like rockstars…that is, until they get a FOREST OF READING nomination…

I was so excited (truthfully tearful) back in October when I received a phone call from the lovely Donna telling me my novel, THE DOLL’S EYE, had been nominated for a Silver Birch Award! To find my little story alongside such wonderful authors and their incredible works was so exciting. But this excitement would be nothing compared to the actual events which brought me face to face with thousands of eager, awesome readers! I’ve been trying to put my feelings into words, but alas, I think I’ll have to let the pictures speak for me:

Stop 1: Niagara

 

 

The Niagara District School Board sure knows how to welcome authors! I had a great time presenting one of the Silver Birch keynotes to a packed room of readers.

I met the winner of my “creepy doll contest”…and “the girl who looks like the girl on the cover”!

I also had the opportunity to hear the amazing Alex Lyttle speak about his SILVER BIRCH WINNING novel, FROM ANT TO EAGLE, as well as hang out with brilliant authors, Lorna Schultz Nicholson, Vikki Vansickle, and Joel Sutherland. As you can see children’s authors are pretty serious people.

Stop 2: Harbourfront

The BIG DAY approached. I arrived plenty early to take in the gorgeous site–empty and waiting for the kids to arrive.

 

And they arrived. By the thousands…

Heather Camlot and I were amazed by the number of students who had selected our workshop!

And then came the moment–that rockstar moment–on the stage.

The crowd went wild as they announced the winner–Alex Lyttle’s FROM ANT TO EAGLE–and Honour Book–Gordon Korman’s RESTART.¬†Heather Camlot and I fangirled Gordon after the big moment!

Stop 3: Durham

And the celebration continued in Durham! Where, yes, once again, the awesome Alex, claimed his winning prize! Unfortunately, I could only stay for the morning, but what a morning it was!

Stop 4: Peel

Last, but by no means least, came Peel. And wow–do they know how to put on an event! Screaming fans, student performances, and balloon people! (I have to say, I particularly loved the balloon people!!)

Congratulations to all this years nominees and especially the winners! I’m so happy to have been part of the fun!!

A huge thank you to all the librarians, teachers, volunteers and READERS who make this program such a success!