A great deal of congratulations are due to Stephen Barbara and his lovely wife, the newly minted YA author Jessica Rothenberg. Well done, you crazy kids! Go off and make ye wonderful books together. You’re both the best of the best of the best.
And to my one and only agent . . .
Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.