Fabulous News and a Pretty Picture

Hi all!

The news:

Graceling is a finalist for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy (the SFWA’s award for YA given concurrently with the Nebulas). Its fellow finalists are Lamplighter, by D.M. Cornish; Savvy, by Ingrid Law; The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson; and, with the best title ever (in my opinion), Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room), by Ysabeau S. Wilce. In other words, I’m in fine company — and why isn’t my title 33 words long? :o)

Also, Graceling is a nominee for the 2009-2010 Georgia Peach Book Award. Check out the other nominees here, and forgive me for not listing them — there are 20. The cool thing about this award is that teens in the state of Georgia vote for the winner. The other cool thing is that I’m in the company of Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely, Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games, and a bunch of other lovely books :o)

Finally, Graceling is a finalist for the Indies Choice Book Awards in the category of Best Indie Young Adult Buzz Book. These awards are presented by the American Booksellers Association. My fellow finalists are The Graveyard Book, by Neil Gaiman; The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins; Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow; My Most Excellent Year, by Steve Kluger; and Savvy, by Ingrid Law. I know I’m starting to sound like a broken record, but, hello. Good company!

That’s the news. Before I get to the pretty picture, Melissa Marr is giving away some free books this month, including 3 signed copies of the U.K. edition of Graceling. Go here to enter the drawing!

Also, one more thing: everyone I know seems to be sick right now. Everyone is sick! So this is just a wish that everyone feel better! Feel better soon, everyone!

And now, here’s the pretty picture. It’s the cover for the Fire ARC in the USA and Canada (Dial Books for Young Readers, Fall 2009). The cover for the final book may be different from the ARC cover.

As always, feel free to tell me what you think. I made sure to post the Graceling cover above so you could compare if you want.