Monday, May 14, 2012


Delighted to report ISLAND'S END is A winner of this year's PATERSON PRIZE for young people and the winner of the SANOC South Asia Book Award (YA category).

 The novel also recd a Julia Ward Howe BOSTON AUTHORS CLUB young readers honor book (finalist) award - and several other honors for which I'm so grateful - an ALA Best Book of the Year, an ALA/Amelia Bloomer List selectcion, a CCBC Best Book of the Year, a BOOKLIST Editor's Choice Best Book for Young Adults, and first honor to arrive and of course thus so treasured - a KIRKUS Best Book of the Year!!!!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012


Delighted to finally post the following good news about my second novel, ISLAND'S END, which was released in August, 2011 (I've had a hectic and hard time these past months, hence the delay in posting this information). ISLAND'S END  received *starred*reviews in KIRKUS, BOOKLIST, SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL and PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY. It's also been included on the following best book of the year lists: ALA's Amelia Bloomer; ALA and YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults; CCBC; KIRKUS, and BOOKLIST Editor's Choice, best books of the year. My publisher, Penguin, created a lovely YouTube video about ISLAND'S END featuring photographs I took from my time on the islands ( ), as well as a free downloadable discussion guide for the novel. I created a free downloadable powerpoint file which has several reader response journal ideas, discusssion questions etc. related to ISLAND'S END - available through my website: 
Here below are quotes from the starred reviews:
* "consistently engrosses...refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written"
 - Starred review KIRKUS
* "a lovely novel...offering an enticing blend of mystic tradition and imaginative speculation"
- Starred review PW
* "Vividly written and expertly paced ...a moving story that will stay with readers long after the end"
- Starred review SLJ
* "succeeds intricate yet wholly accessible story"
-Starred review BOOKLIST