I'm having an amazing week of writing news, gearing up for the release of The Scorpion Rules in September. Some blurbs are trickling in -- I think I'm supposed to sit on those a bit -- but also arriving are the first big pre-publication reviews. There are two so far: Kirkus and Publishers' Weekly.
They are both stars.
There are half a dozen big publications that review books before they come out. These pre-publication reviews are like your book's SAT score. Stars are rare and Very Good News. Getting two -- I was bouncing aroudn the hosue like a spaniel.
Kirkus especially ... well, they scare me. If they don't like you, they let you know. But guess what, they liked me:
Once there was war, until an artificial intelligence named Talis took over the world.
Four hundred years later, Talis still rules; he has made the world peaceful, but the price is the blood of children. Should a government declare war, its heir, raised in a U.N.– (and Talis-) controlle...
I have been sitting on this news for so long that when it hatches it will have an elephant trunk and tail! But oh, it is worth it, one hundred percent.
I have big big news: I have sold a new book. The Art of Scorpions will be published this fall (yes, THIS fall) by McElderry Books, at Simon and Schuster. Here is the Publishers' Weekly annoucement. "Karen Wojtyla at Simon & Schuster/McElderry has acquired Erin Bow's new YA novel The Art of Scorpions. In a world 400 years in the future, the UN assures world peace by keeping the children of rulers hostage. Go to war, and the kids die. And Greta's country is about to go to war. How can a hostage break all the rules and re-make her world? It's scheduled for fall 2015; Jane Putch at Eyebait Management negotiated the deal for world rights, retaining U.K. rights."
(Long time readers (if there are any) will recognize this description and may recall the working title, Children of Peace.)
I've been neglecting my blog, I know, but I'm back with GOOD NEWS! Sorrow's Knot has been shortlisted for the Sunburst Award, which honours Canada's best science fiction and fantasy.
It's up against -- among other things -- books by Cory Doctorow and Charles de Lint. I'm gonna get creamed. But it's gonna be awesome. Plain Kate was up for this award too, and it was a great party. I got to read at Harbourfront, which is one of the best venues I've ever had.
Belatedly, I thought I would share the good news that Sorrow's Knot is up for the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz award. Here's the whole shortlist.
The Schwartz is a peach of a Canadian award. Important book people make a shortlist, and then even more important book people -- in the form of a class of eighth graders -- pick a winner. How terrific is that? I been a judge for awards and I know how much work and responsiblity these young people are tackling. Whether or not they end up picking my book, I'm so grateful that they're reading me, and just plain tickled to be read.
So, thank you to the Ontario Arts Foundation, the Schwartz family, the Ontario Arts Council, and the eighth graders of Aldergrove Public School in Markham, Ontario. Stay tuned!
Exciting news: *Sorrow's Knot* has made the Best Books of 2013 from the venerable *Kirkus Reviews*.
*Kirkus* has a reputation for being the East German Judge among the big book review journals in the United States, but they loved *Sorrow's Knot*, giving it a star and a review that made both my editor and my mother promise that they didn't write it.
Still, it was a lovely surprise to see *Sorrow's Knot* called out here, and put in such good company. It made the Best Books for Teens overall list, and two of the sublists, for best fantasy and for best coming-of-age novel.
I do love me my book bloggers. They -- together with a handful of friends -- are responsible for 80 or 90 percent of the books I read. Of course, it's always great when book blogger love you back! Some links.
Sorrow's Knot is a stunning, vivid, gorgeous read. One that will stay with you even after the book is closed. [Amitha Knight](http://www.amithaknight.com/2013/11/ya-book-review-sorrows-knot-by-erin-bow)
Sorrow's Knot is hands down one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long time. [Best Books Ever]
(http://www.thebestbooksever.com/2013/10/sorrows-knot-review-giveaway.html)Sorrow's Knot is an unapologetically terrifying gem of a tale. In fact, it rather resists classification. It's fantasy, but oh, it's horror. It's young adult, but it's really very middle grade, too. It's sad. But its moments of happiness are blinding. Which is why you really must read it so you can find out what it is for you. [Angieville](http://www.angie-ville.com/2013/11/review-giveaway-sorrow...