The Amida Tree has made the first cut for the prestigious Blue Spruce Award 2015 given by the Ontario Library Association. You can watch a trailer for the book here. http://bit.ly/1nTN2BS
If you aren’t familiar with the Blue Spruce Award, books are submitted for consideration. The books go through several eliminations, the goal being to become a final nomination. Students across Ontario in schools and libraries pick the final winner from the nominations. The awards are given out at the Festival of Trees.
“The OLA’s Forest of Reading® and the Festival of Trees™ occupy major places of prominence in Canada’s literary landscape. The Festival of Trees™ culminates in a 2-day awards celebration for the school-aged programs. The Festival is Canada’s largest literary event for young readers and is continuing to grow. More than 9,000 people attend this event,which is co-presented by IFOA, at Harbourfront Centre. In addition to the award presentations featuring the nominated authors/illustrators, the days are packed with fun and engaging activities, including workshops put on by the authors/illustrators themselves. In 2012, the OLA began its Festival expansion and now each year satellite locations are put on in additional towns/cities and those are announced each Fall.” from http://bit.ly/1qUxRc1
Keep your fingers crossed for me. Whatever happens, it was a thrill to have my first book picked from the hundreds of submissions to go to committee.