5 Things That’ve Happened with The Very Last Castle (And a Special Giveaway)
The Very Last Castle was published on October 9. All kinds of completely cool and unexpected and heart-wrenchingly kind things have happened since then. Thank you. Thank you. I mean it. It means a lot.
Here’s what I’m going to do: put all that stuff in this post and then if you want to check it out you can.
Also, I want to give away a couple copies (see below).
Thing 1: This Note
I’m seriously considering spelling “known” like Kairi does (“noune”) from nou on.
Thing 2: A Star
Kirkus gave The Very Last Castle a starred review. I was taken by surprise with this news. It snuck up on me and made my day.
Thing 3: In the Wild
Teachers and librarians and booksellers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (see above) have shared that they’ve read the book. This has been incredibly meaningful for me.
Thing 4: On Film
Colby Sharp made a video about how his students reacted to the book. It was really cool to hear how the story went over with his 5th graders.
Thing 5: Book of the Month
Amazon selected The Very Last Castle as a Best Book of the Month. To be on a list with these other picture books is completely surreal.
Because of all these things, I want to give two signed copies away. But there’s something extra:
That’s right – the winners will receive the book AND a panda backpack clip, like the one Ibb (the main character) has in the book.
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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 email@example.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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