Into the Killing Seas has been nominated for the Indiana State 2017-2018 Young Hoosier Book Award.
2017 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award Nominee
Into the Killing Seas has been nominated for the 2017 Rhode Island Children’s Book Award.
2011 Best Juvenile Book Western Heritage Award
Off Like The Wind! The First Ride of The Pony Express won the 2011 Best Juvenile Book Western Heritage Award from The National Cowboy Hall Of Fame & Museum, based in Oklahoma City! (Linking to the previous winners is a bit involved: click here, then enter “2011” in the year field.)
New York Times Bestseller
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies! was a five-week New York Times Bestseller, climbing to #16 on the non-fiction trade paperback list.
2010-2011 MASL Readers Award Nominee
The Missouri Association of School Librarians Readers Awards represent the best current youth literature available to students of different grade levels. Every year, MASL’s Readers Award Committees work to create a preliminary list of titles that are read and voted upon by groups of Reader/Selectors to create the final list of nominees. Titles on the final list are then read and voted upon by students across Missouri to determine the recipients of the MASL Readers Awards. The Youngest Templar: Orphan of Destiny was a nominee in 2010-2011.
2010-2011 Truman Readers Award List
Sponsored by Missouri Association of School Librarians, the The Truman Readers Award encourages students in the early teen years to express their unique voice through exploring new literary genres, communicating with their peers about young adult literature, and honoring authors writing for young teens. The winner of the annual Truman Readers Award is selected by students in grades six through eight.
Bank Street College of Education Best Books for 2010 List
Off Like The Wind! The First Ride of The Pony Express was named on the Bank Street College of Education Best Books for 2010 List. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.
2008 Bank Street College of Education 100 Best Books List
Daniel Boone’s Great Escape was named on the Bank Street College of Education Best Books for 2008 List. In choosing books for the annual list, committee members consider literary quality and excellence of presentation as well as the potential emotional impact of the books on young readers. Other criteria include credibility of characterization and plot, authenticity of time and place, age suitability, positive treatment of ethnic and religious differences, and the absence of stereotypes.
Spur Award Finalist
Considered one of the most prestigious awards in American literature, Western Writers of America annually honors writers for distinguished writing about the American West with the Spur Awards. Daniel Boone’s Great Escape was an award finalist. Since 1953 the Spur Awards have been considered one of the most prestigious awards in American literature.
2006-07 Georgia State Book Award Nominee
The purpose of the Georgia State Book Award is to foster a love of reading in the children of Georgia, and to introduce them to books of literary excellence. Spy Goddess was a nominee for the award for the 2006-07 school year.
2009 American Library Association Popular Paperbacks Pick
Each year, the American Library Association’s Popular Paperbacks committee creates lists of books to encourage young adults to read for pleasure. Spy Goddess was included on their list of fiction and nonfiction about those who operate within the world of shadow.
2006 New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age
Each year, the New York Public Library staff shared the best titles for teens in an annual list called Books for the Teen Age. Spy Goddess was named to that list in 2006.
2006 Edgar Award Nominee
Each spring, Mystery Writers of America present the Edgar Awards, widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. Spy Goddess was nominated for Best Young Adult Mystery.
Junior Library Guild Selection
The Junior Library Guild read thousands of books every year and recommends only the best to school and public libraries. Into the Killing Seas is on their selected list of books.
2007 Georgia State Book Award Nominee
Throughout each year, teachers and media specialists across the state of Georgia are encouraged to present the nominees in appealing and meaningful ways, to read the books aloud, and to develop activities that will connect the literature to the curriculum. Students across the state vote on which books they think should win for the individual categories. The Legend of Blue Jacket was a 2007 Georgia State Book Award nominee.
Best Books List 2011, The National Council of Social Studies and The Children’s Book Council
The National Council of Social Studies, in conjunction with The Children’s Book Council, placed Off Like The Wind! The First Ride of The Pony Express on the Best Books List for 2011 — Click on notable_2011, scroll to the History Section. Off Like The Wind! is on page 9.
The Dorothy Canfield Children’s Book Award
Co-sponsored by the Vermont State PTA and the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Dorothy Canfield Children’s Book Award is Vermont’s children’s choice award program. Each spring, a committee of eight carefully selects 30 books to comprise the Master List. After reading at least 5 books from the list, students in grades 4-8 then vote for their favorite titles the following spring.
The Maine Student Book Award
Jointly sponsored by the Maine Library Association, Maine Association of School Libraries, and Maine Reading Association, the Maine Student Book Award is a children’s choice award program. Students in grades 4-8 are eligible to vote.
2009-2010 Alabama Camellia Award
The Emphasis on Reading Program awards the Camellia Award. It is Alabama’s children’s choice award program and is sponsored by the Alabama Department of Education. Students vote for their favorite titles from one of several lists. The 2009-2010 is archived: follow this link, and click on 2009-2010 for a downloadable list.