Dr. Radway named to the 2013 Kirkus Best Middle Grade Books of the Year list, which blows me away with quadruple joy

Sunday, November 17, 2013

I don't know how else to say this:

I am bowled over and steeped in gratitude, for I have received the news that Dr. Radway's Sarsaparilla Resolvent has been named to the 2013 Kirkus Best Middle Grade Books of the Year list.

This is a story I was determined to write ever since I'd stumbled upon my character, William, while writing my Centennial Philadelphia novel, Dangerous Neighbors. It is a story about my city—a story about machines and headlines, about classified ads and courage, about a boy who, in rescuing lost animals, rescues those he loves.

Publishing Dr. Radway was a brave and idealistic venture. My husband joined me in the dream, providing the book's illustrations. New City Community Press/Temple University Press said yes one warm winter day, and made the book real.

Thank you—thank you!— to Vicky Smith at Kirkus Reviews and to a certain reader who believed.

10 comments:

Janice Kephart said...

Biggest congratulations ever! Perseverance, talent and faith are three of the best human characteristics, and you have them in spades! My best to you both, Big Sis. Love, Janice

Sarah Laurence said...

Congrats Beth, Bill (and Daisy: so cute!) What a small world: I know Vicky too. Our daughters are in school together. Vicky has great taste in books.

Serena said...

Congrats and congrats and congrats...is there a better and bigger word for this excitement!

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Many congratulations, Beth, and to your husband, too, for his wonderful artistry. It couldn't have happened to a better writer.

Pam Sedor said...

Dear Beth and Bill,
So thrilled for you both! Local authors/artists make good even better for all of us...always.
Pam
Radnor Memorial Library

Julia said...

Congratulations!!!

Lilian Nattel said...

Congratulations!!! I am so happy for you.

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