For those of you who have never heard of the JLG (as I hadn’t, before this week!), it is a “collection development” resource for school & public librarians. The JLG reviews thousands of books every year and selects the ones they think are the best. They then package these into age-groupings and mail one book per month to members. (For example, GOLDEN BOY is the “August” book in the “Y+” category.) They have a neat selection graphic on their website that makes me feel pretty special:
Now, I must confess, I don’t fully understand all the ins and outs of what this means (for example, GOLDEN BOY is in the JLG’s “Y+” category– “older teen readers” & “complex themes” — even though it’s a middle grade book), but, the best I can figure out from all my sources, this is a wonderful thing: it places GOLDEN BOY front & center for public and school librarians, and is a great vote of confidence in the quality of my book.
So this week, a big thanks to the Junior Library Guild for picking GOLDEN BOY!