The gorgeous Seattle Public Library's Main Branch hosted the awards again this year (In October 2017, forgive me, I'm so late!) and once more it was a sparkly Seattle evening full of literary beauty, some of very best books of the year. I was honored to be nominated again for my second novel, UP TO THIS POINTE. But the best part of the night was cheering for my friend Dan Gemeinhart, whose SOME KIND OF COURAGE won for Middle Grade, and then my dear friend and writing partner M.J. Beaufrand's USELES BAY won the Young Adult honor! We all cavorted with cookies and drinks and we signed books with fellow authors, librarians, book sellers, readers, and family. I love the Seattle Public Library - especially librarian, author, and friend Linda Johns. The PNW literary community could not be more wonderous, and it is my great joy to be part of the family.