The great year-end news for Shark Vs. Train has kept right on coming. I’m pleased to announce that, in addition to the previously announced recognition by Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly, SVT has been listed among the “Best Books of 2010” by School Library Journal.
My previous book, The Day-Glo Brothers, made all three of those lists last year, so I figured there must be a lot of overlap among them — if you’ve made one, you’ve made them all. But according to SLJ‘s Heavy Medal: A Mock Newbery Blog, only eight titles hold that distinction this year:
They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti Shark Vs. Train, by Chris Barton and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld Incarceron, by Catherine Fisher The War to End All Wars: World War I, by Russell Freedman Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring, by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan and illustrated by Brian Floca The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy), by Barbara Kerley and illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham Ubiquitous: Celebrating Nature’s Survivors, by Joyce Sidman and illustrated by Beckie Prange One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
Wow. For me, that’s some humbling company to be in.
But for you, wow! Your holiday list-making is pretty much complete now, isn’t it?
You deserve it, Chris.
Kudos’ and congrats…well played sir.