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I Have Arrived. Aaaand I Left Again.

When I left school on Friday, I was on top of the world. I had just received official word from the publisher that The Very Last Castle had reached the #1 spot . . .

. . . of my school library.

Suddenly, I noticed I was holding my head a little higher. My chest, somewhat puffier. What could I do? I was the author of the #1 most popular book in the entire elementary school where I worked! The fame and glory went to my head and I came into work Monday morning still riding that highest of highs.

I checked the list again, looking for another little boost of arrogance confidence to put some pep in my step, only to find . . .

. . . that I’d been unceremoniously knocked out of the top slot by some random Minecraft book.

Who cares about lists?

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. Hilarious. But, you’re still #1 in my book, if not my DestinyQuest.

  2. Hey Buddy! Chin up! The only lists that count are mine, and The Very Last Castle is on my Top 10 Picture Books We Love. Don’t worry!