Friday, March 14, 2014
Sometimes, a whole lifetime's worth of specialness happens in a few short days.
Those few short days were these past few days. That Handling the Truth/Meredith Vieira moment in New York City, that trip to see old friends and make new ones in South Carolina. And the gifts leading up to the release of Going Over.
First, today, I want to thank the extraordinary Chronicle team—for everything, really. But in particular, for the trailer, above. I had no idea a trailer was in the works. It just arrived one day. It is perfect, in my eyes, in every way.
Second, the news, which is here, below:
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“A stark reminder of the power of hope, courage, and love.”—Booklist, starred review
“An excellent example of historical fiction focusing on an unusual time period.” —School Library Journal, starred review
"Going Over carefully balances love and heartbreak, propelling readers through the story."— Shelf Awareness
"Readers will finish the book and continue to think about how effective one wall can be in separating a country and in fashioning attitudes toward life." —Reading Today
"At once compelling and challenging... this gripping effort captures the full flavor of a trying time in an onerous place." —Kirkus Reviews
“A profound read meant for discussion.” —VOYA: Voice of Youth Advocates
"Gritty, painful and lovely."--Emma, age 17, SLJ Teen, Young Adult Advisory Councils Reviewer
Some very generous bloggers have agreed to participate in a blog tour that will kick off when the book officially launches on April 1. I've written pieces about history, graffiti, titles, editing—and I'll be answering questions—throughout it all.