Posted by: jeannineatkins | January 6, 2011

Thursday Thoughts and Thanks

I’m honored that Borrowed Names was chosen as a Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon for 2010. And thrilled that the good people at Book Links cite Borrowed Names as one of their Lasting Connections of 2010, thirty favorite titles to use in classrooms and libraries.  Wonderful poetry advocate Sylvia Vardell included my book in her Favorite Poetry of 2010. All these lists include books I’ve loved as well as books I now want to read. 

It’s a lot of good news and I’m grateful for every enthusiastic reader. But back at the desk, the plot fairy is unimpressed. Just because I managed to stir up a bit of tension before doesn’t mean I can do it again. 

But I’m going to try. Mistake by mistake by mistake. Trying not to take a single word for granted. 



  1. Congratulations on all the good news, Jeannine. As for the plot fairy, maybe the two of you should get really quiet and listen to your broccoli.

  2. Congratulations! That’s wonderful news (and just–give your plot fairy a poke and tell her to celebrate with you!)

  3. Check you out — look at the start of your new year! So deserved. 🙂

  4. Congrats! YAY!
    Amy Timberlake (

  5. I love hearing even more good news about Borrowed Names. Congratulations!! *sparklies*

  6. YAY!!! BORROWED NAMES is a favorite!! And yes, yes, yes, you can do it again.. not identical… but differently wonderful!

  7. Wuhooh! Congratulations, Jeannine. 🙂

  8. xoxoxoxo

  9. Thanks! And putting broccoli on the menu.

  10. Thanks, Rose.

  11. Jeni, thank you for your sweetness.

  12. Thank you my sparkly friend.

  13. Sending cheers back to you, Laura.

  14. Thanks so much! Looks like your year will be another great one.

  15. Oh, wonderful news for a wonderful book! I’m so happy to hear about it all, Jeannine.
    And the plot fairy may be a little like a zen master, no? Gives us a little rap with the stick when we settle into becoming too satisfied with things. It’s always a bit jarring, but quite suddenly we become keen and open to the universe. I’m so looking forward to your next creation.

  16. Congratulations on all the recognition for Borrowed Names!
    Of course you can stir up the tension again. Because while you can’t take a single word for granted, they are all at your disposal, and the right ones will eventually take their proper places.

  17. Very nice!

  18. Congratulations and well-deserved. The chapter fairy doesn’t show up either, by the way.

  19. I am so happy that your beautiful book is getting such much-deserved and wonderful attention.

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