Oregon Spirit Book Award for 2013. The award in presented by the Oregon Council of Teachers of English (OCTE). April Henry's The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die and Bridget Zinn's Poison were named honor books in the Young Adult category.
Only Oregon authors were eligible for this award, so I know several of the authors whose books appeared on the 2013 Oregon Spirit Book Award shortlist, including one of my buddies from my weekly writing and coffee dates, Teri Brown (Born of Illusion, Born of Deception), and fellow Corsets, Cutlasses, & Candlesticks member Susan Hill Long (Whistle in the Dark). Congratulations to everyone!
Huge thanks to the OCTE for bestowing this honor upon In the Shadow of Blackbirds!