Manhattan Is Calling My Name

I'm heading to NY to have lunch with Random House editor Fran├žoise Bui (who worked with me on MONSOON SUMMER and SECRET KEEPER), and to accept the Jane Addams Honor Award for RICKSHAW GIRL with illustrator Jamie Hogan.

I've got my three-minute speech ready, and most of you know that I'm so happy because Jane Addams is one of my heroes. Stop by the ceremony at United Nations Plaza if you're in town, because everybody's invited. Details are here. I'll be back on the Fire Escape on Monday!