Well-developed characters, funny dialogue, and the authentic depiction of spunky Asha’s longing for romance and female self-determination, set in a culture that restrains women’s choices, make this book an attractive pick for teenage girls.Thanks, SLJ!
Yesterday, Françoise Bui, my editor at Delacorte, called to tell me that the book has sold nicely (whew) since pub date of 1/16. We expressed our mutual delight that SECRET KEEPER is going to be translated into French and published by Editions Thierry Magnier in Paris. Vive La France!
Last but not least, Françoise asked for updates about my upcoming events and any buzz about SECRET KEEPER. Authors, note that you should be keeping your editors and publicists informed about any and all mentions of your book, as well as your appearances. It helps. Here's what I sent to Random House:
On the Web and in Print:
This month's School Library Journal featured several authors who twitter, and the book got a nice mention.
I talked about my book launch in my column for Boston Globe/yourtown.
Publisher’s Weekly mentioned SECRET KEEPER in an article about Kids Heart Authors Day.
The community of Sandwich enjoyed the book and my visit.
PaperTigers gave the book a lovely review, and published my essay on how books shape a child's heart.
Suzi Steffen of Eugene Weekly liked it, too.
Jen Robinson's Book Page
My Friend Amy
Pink Sneakers N'at
Sarah's Random Musings
Marjolein Book Blog
My Friend Amy
Young Adult Romance Reviews
Spring 2009 Events and Appearances
Boston College Lecture, Ma (March 9, 2009)
Williams School, Newton, Ma (March 10, 2009)
Clarke Middle School, Lexington, Ma (March 24, 2009)
Proctor School, Topsfield, Ma (March 25, 2009)
Spring Fling, Newton Free Library, Newton, Ma (March 28, 2009)
Teen Writer's Workshop with author Karen Day, Newton Free Library, Newton, Ma (March 30, 2009)
World Savvy High School Visit, San Francisco, CA (April 3, 2009)
Presbyterian Writer's Workshop, Columbia Theological Seminary, GA (April 23-24, 2009)
"Many Voices," NESCBWI Conference, Workshop Presentation on Writing Race (April 25, 2009)
Belmont Middle School, Belmont, Ma (April 27 and 29, 2009)
Lyme School, Lyme, CT (May 1, 2009)
Newman School, Needham, Ma (May 5, 2009)
Underwood School, Newton, Ma (May 8, 2009)
Asian American Writer's Workshop, New York, NY (May 16, 2009)
Franklin Elementary School, Newton, Ma (May 28, 2009)
Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library, Chattanooga, TN, (June 20, 2009)