It’s been a good week for Positively Teenage!
First, an unexpected award short-listing
There are lots of regional book awards in the UK but almost none of them ever consider non-fiction books when they are choosing shortlists. But there’s an exception! I’ve received the immensely happificatory news that Positively Teenage has been shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book Award.
What a daunting shortlist it is! Michael Morpurgo, Sita Brahmachari, Elizabeth Laird (a good friend of mine), Jenny Valentine, Beverley Naidoo, Gill Lewis and Matt Haig – fantastic writers, all, and very well known.
But it’s made even more special by the knowledge that these are not just books from the last year, which is usual in awards, but going back years. How they chose them I don’t know – talk about making it hard for yourself!
Very sadly, I can’t be at the ceremony in May. Arggghhhh. No choice.
I have been polishing my Polish in readiness. Actually, I haven’t, because I don’t have any. One thing that intrigues me is that the title seems to be different. How do I know, as I don’t have any Polish to polish?
Take a look at the subtitle. It contains the word “pozytywnie”, which I think we can assume means “positively”. Yet the title is Jak Wygrac Zycie (apols for absence of correct accents). Can anyone elucidate? Please don’t make me resort to Google-translate…
I’m going to be doing an interview for my Polish publisher soon. *waves to them*
Third, my very first review (and it’s a cracker) for the US edition of Positively Teenage
The title for this has changed a bit, too. Please note: this is the SAME BOOK – don’t buy it twice! The US edition comes out in July.
The review appears in Booklist on Feb 15th and is by Selenia Paz
“In this important text, teens and tweens will find an abundance of information, tips, and advice that will be vital as they go through their adolescent years. Morgan covers not only the detectable changes that happen to personalities or bodies, but she also explains the scientific processes causing those changes to manifest themselves. Written with a caring, informative, and positive tone, this is a book that can be read through from the beginning or from any of the six sections encompassing topics such as attitudes and thoughts, health, learning techniques, friendships and communication, and stress and worries. The chapters also contain helpful charts and tools to help teens with many aspects of growing up, such as eating healthy, as well as suggested activities, quizzes, and “Positive Boosts,” which encourage teens to take small actions and breaks. An informative glossary and index accompany the text, and lists of physical and electronic resources are included at the end of each section, providing further information on specific topics. A useful addition to health and wellness collections.”
I couldn’t be more pleased – and relieved, as it’s always so hard to know how a book will be received in another country.
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