Japanese Honors for Sidetracked and Upstaged
In 2019, the Japanese edition of Sidetracked was selected by the Japanese School Library Association as one of three recommended middle school level books for the 2019 Youth Book Report National Competition.
Every year, students throughout Japan are encouraged to read one of the recommended books and submit a book report to the contest. The authors of top essays from each district are celebrated at a beautiful ceremony in Tokyo. It was my great honor to be a guest at the ceremony on February 7, 2020, and meet two of the students who won awards for their essays about Sidetracked.
That trip seemed like a once in a lifetime experience, so it came as thrilling news when Upstaged was announced as a middle school selection for the 2023 competition.
Both books were published by Hyoronsha, edited by Chihomi Okamoto and translated by Hiroko Taketomi. I’m so grateful to all of them, and to the Japanese School Library Association, for bringing my stories to young Japanese readers!