Adrian Fogelin’s Front Porch Library

I’d like to give a big congratulations to  Tallahassee author Adrian Fogelin for winning the Florida Book Awards silver medal in children’s literature for Summer on the Moon. Adrian is also the author of one of my favorite middle grade novels Crossing Jordan, which not only tackles the difficult subject of racism, but also manages to incorporate Jane Eyre references in a delightful way.

Two years ago Adrian opened The Front Porch Library, which houses 2,000 books available for children in the community to borrow. FPL also hosts weekly youth activities with a focus on different subjects. Right now they are exploring recycling; they’ve determined what objects can or cannot be recycled, as well as created lithographs and sculptures out of recycled materials.

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To learn more about Adrian’s books, vist: AdrianFogelin.com. To learn more about the Front Porch Library or to donate books, money or the gift of time, visit: TheFrontPorchLibrary.com

I’m hoping to meet Adrian in person at the Florida Book Awards ceremony–maybe I can even get her to sign my copy of Crossing Jordan!

Counting Backwards: Florida Book Awards Gold Medal Winner

FloridaBookAwardYou guys, I just found out, Counting Backwards won the Florida Book Awards gold medal in the YA lit category. I’m so excited I’m squeeing all over the place! And the only thing better than winning the gold medal in YA lit is winning it on your birthday, which is today! My squee cannot be contained.

A special thank you to Angele McQuade and Heather Whitaker, the best writing partners a girl can have. My agent, Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary and Namrata Tripathi and the Atheneum crew for raising me up. Celebrate, celebrate…

I love Florida!