"Making a list" is kind of a big deal in the YA/children's book world. It means: (a) some serious library recognition love, and (b) hopefully lots more readers exposed to your books. This is my and OH. MY. GODS.'s first list so we are both understandably excited. Hooray for Georgia!!!
What is this Peach Award? you may be asking. Here is their officially stated purpose:
The purpose of the Georgia Peach Award is to highlight and promote the best current young adult literature for Georgia high school age students, to encourage young adults to read and to promote the development of cooperative school and public library services for young adults. Teens vote for their favorite books out of the year's top 20 nominees at their high schools and local public libraries.
How cool is that? And speaking of cool ... how about those other nominees? Gah-ungh ... I am in total awe. I--just--wow.
So, now you know why I was so excited about peach margaritas last night and my peach soy smoothie this morning! I'm in peach heaven.
Voting is currently going on for the 2008-2009 nominees, but if you're a Georgia teen (the only ones eligible to vote, by the way) then keep a lookout for when the 2009-2010 voting begins!