Thursday, July 01, 2010

The Newbery Banquet, or My Cinderella Night

Once upon a time, there was a Cinderella who received an amazing invitation program to a ball banquet.
It even had her name on it!
As she sat in the ballroom banquet hall, she looked in awe all around her. She was really there! She knew it was magic that got her there. But, unlike other well-known Cinderellas who only have one, measly fairy godmother, this Cinderella had many.

First there was the Dress Fairy...
Dress Fairy Cindy Pon who is the nicest & loveliest person to dress stalk as well as being a great author! Her Silver Phoenix is kind of a Young Adult Where the Mountain Meets the Moon.

who made sure Cinderella was clothed as well as a princess:

Because I went with the Dress #2! Majority ruled, even though I had to put straps on the dress.

And the Great Friends Fairies:
The blue rose girls, my greatest friends with me through thick and thin. From L to R: Anna Alter, me, Alvina Ling (back)Libby Koponen, Meghan McCarthy, Elaine Magliaro (missing: Linda Wingerter)

The Awesome Agent Fairy:
My agent, Rebecca Sherman, who so wisely guided & guides my career & does all the biz stuff that I hate to do, all while being a friend.

The Revelation Fairy:
Janet Wong, whose wise words pushed me to finish Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. As well as being witty and warm, she is a great author whose new book looks really good!

Cinderella met some fairies for the first time:
I met Pam Coughlin (MotherReader) for the first time at ALA. We've been reading eachothers' blogs for so long, we felt like old friends! Pam was passionate advocate of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, so much so that I almost felt like I needed to send her a check at the end of the year!

While other Fairies had been there along the way:
Marketing savvy (and great author--check out all the buzz for her Bamboo People)Mitali Perkins, who helped me create the online booklaunch...she is the one who had me start my FB fanpage!

The fabulous Kirsten Cappy of Curious City who put together the the Activity Book and the Event Kit which a librarian told me she used recently to rave reviews!

Besides the many fairy godmothers (there are a lot who missing from this story, so sorry!) Cinderella, of course, had her Prince Sasquatch.
Alex, aka Squatchie, who made up for having to be on good behavior by purposely making goofy faces in all his photos!

So with friends, magic and a Prince Sasquatch, Cinderella was at the ball banquet. And, oh, how happy she was!

The King spoke his words:
Jerry Pinkney, winner of the Caldecott medal, gave a heartwarming speech. People ovated (is that a word?) him 3 times.

And, then, Cinderella had a feeling that the big dance was coming...
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon on the big screen!

Yes! Her time had come!
I jump onto the stage to receive the NEWBERY HONOR!

"Is it really for me?" I ask Newbery Chair Katie O'Dell with my psychic mind. She assures me it is.

See, it IS mine! My name's on it!

I'm just going to take this with me, okay? You don't mind, do you?

Run! Before she changes her mind! NO TAKE-BACKS!

Safely back in her seat Gracefully retired, Cinderella listened to the words of the Queen:
Newbery winner Rebecca Stead gave an inspiring speech!

And then the evening was ending...the clock was striking midnight:
The receiving line after the banquet was really, really long! Though it was nice to meet so many people.

And Cinderella had no slippers:
But my feet couldn't take my heels anymore. And neither could Alvina's!

But she didn't care, because she had a much better accessory!
But my tired feet was still able to carry this home!

So, she lived happily ever after.

The end.

P.S. You can also read Part 1, Part 2, Part 2.5 and Part 2.75 of this story!


Elaine Magliaro said...


I guess you'd have to say it was a "fairy" lovely evening.

I'm so glad I brought a pair of sandals in my bag. My feet were killing me too!

Libby Koponen said...

Oh, Grace! This made me laugh (NO TAKE BACKS!) and cry too -- you on the stage, what you said about all of us -- congratulations! Your Squatchie and the Newbery within months of each other...that's BETTER than Cinderella. She only had the Prince. You wrote a book and won the biggest prize there is for it. Or maybe this (like WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON) is what modern fairy tales are all about....

Kristi Valiant said...

Congratulations! You look so happy and it's well-deserved.

cindy said...

oh you looked gorgeous in the lotus dress! i'm so glad it altered perfectly! i love your thrilled smile throughout! i'm so happy for you, grace!!!!

::Sylvia:: said...

Congratulations! What a dream come true! Enjoy every moment, you deserve it!

Barbara said...

Congratulations to you!
Loved the Blue Rose hair adornments for you and Alvina. The Blue Rose touch of class was at the banquet.

Laura Ludwig Hamor said...

How Wonderful!!!! You look beautiful! I am glad you found the dress! : )