Wow! The honours just keep rolling in. I recently received a very cool email from The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence. They received funding from the Avon Foundation to provide 3500 books about abuse to libraries, and this year, Painting Caitlyn is one of the five books they’ll be donating.
Hooray, hooray! Some organizations give awards as soon as a book is published, and others take their time, so they can choose the best. In this happy case, The International Reading Association has named Painting Caitlyn to its 2008 Teen Choices list. This is a special honour (hey my American friends—that’s not a typo—it’s Canadian for honor) because it is another reader-selected award.
Read my first “author’s interview” with YA Book Central.
Other signings and appearances:
J. Clarke Richardson Collegiate in Ajax
Rogers Daytime (York Region)
CKCO TV, Kitchener
Coles, Fairview Park Mall , Kitchener
Manticore Books, Orillia
BookExpo Canada, Toronto
Baden Public School, Baden
University of Waterloo’s Alumni Author event, Waterloo
Mercer Hall Inn, Stratford
Coles, Conestoga Mall, Waterloo
Cannington Branch of Brock Public Libraries, Cannington
Beaverton Public School, Beaverton
Paris Library, Paris
Thank you to CM Magazine for the following kind words about Definitely Not Camelot:
Page Turner's Blog just reviewed Painting Caitlyn. I can hardly believe that it's been four years since it was first released, but am so thrilled that it continues to touch people. My favourite part of the review was this: "marvelous". Then, they called Maybe Never, Maybe Now a "fantastic follow-up to Painting Caitlyn" and "a wonderful read".
Here’s some other thoughts on Maybe Never, Maybe Now:
"In this follow-up to Painting Caitlyn, the title character, now in eleventh grade, remains haunted by her abusive relationship with her first boyfriend, Tyler ... Caitlyn’s traumatic experiences with Tyler are never trivialized, and Peters adds more emotional conflict with the reappearance of Caitlyn’s long-absent dad ... Romance readers will enjoy both the sobering plot lines and the more light-hearted scenes in which Caitlyn consults horoscopes, charms, and stars for guidance." – Booklist, Sept. 2010
“readers will delight in watching [Caitlyn] emerge from the harrowing events of her recent past and test her wings. The story is told in a very forthright and straightforward manner, making it readily accessible and its intended message easily identifiable...Caitlyn's reliance on external signs to make her decisions for her rings true...Learning to believe in oneself and to make wise, well thought out decisions is an important part of any teen's maturation process so readers will understand Caitlyn's insecurities and her reliance on everything from horoscopes to mood rings to provide guidance and external validation.” ~CM Magazine
Yippee! Posing as Ashley has made the Canadian Children’s Book Centre’s 2009 Best Books for Kids and Teens !
I’ve won the Elementary Teacher’s Federation of Ontario (ETFO) 2009 Writer’s Award for Posing as Ashley !
Posing as Ashley is now available right above the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants boxset in January’s Scholastic TRC (Teen Readers’ Club) flyer
School Library Journal says:
"With the same sincerity as Painting Caitlyn (Lobster, 2006), Peters captures the fragility of the teenage soul and creates an honest character in Ashley. Situations such as her parents' divorce, her mom's illness, and a broken heart will resonate with many teens."
The first Posing as Ashley review is finally in….and CM Magazine says: “...this latest work from Kimberly Joy Peters is destined to be a popular pick amongst teen girls...(it is) an uncomplicated, highly readable and worthwhile book.” My fingers are crossed for the popularity prediction….
Ashley’s about to hit the shelves, but praise for Painting Caitlyn continues, as it has been shortlisted for the 2008/2009 Stellar Award, British Columbia’s Teen Reader’s Choice Award.
On Saturday, August 21st, I was the guest blogger at http://www.moonlightlacemayhem.blogspot.com/
Check out the cool banner some of my amazing fans made to welcome me when I appeared as one of the “Celebrity Readers” at Keswick Public School, on February 17, 2009.
In July, 2010, I spent a beautiful morning on the shores of Lake Simcoe with the girls from Grove School. Thanks for inviting me!
In April, 2010, I visited Maxwell Heights Secondary School in Oshawa, Ontario., where I got to be the guest author. Read all about it on my blog!
On Saturday, December 12th. I appeared again on the CTV Southwestern Ontario program "What's Your Point". "What's Your Point" is a debate show that runs through current events, and it gave me the opportunity to comment publicly on such varied new stories as War Crimes and Tiger Woods! I also used my 30 seconds of “What’s New” time not to promote books, but to make a public plea for Oliver-Henry’s return. Sadly, I have not had any new leads as a result.
Once again, I got to create a “work of art” for the Georgina Arts Centre and Gallery’s Dinah Christie Celebrity Challenge. In support of children’s art programming. .
Check out this fun interview at the Teens Read Too blog !
My book trailer took third place iin the October contest at You Gotta Read Videos.
On October 22, I went back to the Future, and visited my former high school as an author! Read about it and see pics on my blog.
I was the guest author at Beaverton Public Library on October 21st. Thanks to everyone who came out and supported me!