Matt and I, and our kids, Aldara and Jasper, are picking up and moving to France in September, for a year. In some ways, the difficulty of shifting a fully adult life under full steam to a new track adds to the thrill. We will have been parents almost 5 years, in this house 10 years, teaching at SVA 11 years, in NYC 12 years. It’s more than time, beyond time, for a change.
“Square Fish”:http://us.macmillan.com/lifesucks, an imprint of Macmillan, has just rereleased ??Life Sucks?? in a low-cost trade paperback format for young adults. It’s the same book, though, and has added chapter dividers to boot.
The 2009 “Panda Award”:http://pandabookawards.wikispaces.com/, a new award given by the libraries of international schools in China, was awarded to ??Life Sucks?? for 2009 in the mature readers category.
You already knew that, but now it’s official. The YART (Young Adult Round Table) of the TLA (Texas Library Association) named Life Sucks to its 2009 “Texas Maverick Graphic Novels”:http://www.txla.org/groups/yart/maverickgraphicnovels.html list. Thanks, Texas!
YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association, has not only picked “Life Sucks”:http://jessicaabel.com/?s=life_sucks as one of its annual list of Great Graphic Novels for teens, but has also named it one of the “quick picks” “top ten!”:http://ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/09top10.cfm