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Oregon Book Award Finalist

I'm thrilled to announce that NORA AND THE TEXAS TERROR has been named a finalist for the Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature, one of the Oregon Book Awards, for 2012!

Many of the other nominees in my category are good friends and colleagues, so it's a double thrill to see my name on the same page with writers I admire: Nancy Coffelt, Eric Kimmel, Cynthia Rylant, and Graham Salisbury.

I live on the outer edges of Oregon, almost on the Idaho border. I live so far from the literary centers of Portland and the Willamette Valley, that I must admit sometimes I've felt that I'm off the radar. I'm happy for this validation that my books contribute to Oregon's literary culture. Plus, it's just fun to be recognized for the work!

Here's a link to the entire list of categories and finalists:
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