A whole chorus of congratulations for Ruth McNally Barshaw, who's been a magnet for good news lately! Not only is her latest Ellie McDoodle book slated for release this summer (see the just-finished cover, above!), but the first two Ellie books, Have Pen Will Travel and New Kid in School will soon be available in South Korea! Publisher Jangsoohanulso will release them in the next 18 months. We can't wait to see how these unique "sketch-journals" look in a different language!
If that's not enough, New Kid in School is one of eight titles nominated for the 4th and 5th grade category of the 2010-2011 Great Lakes Great Books Award, chosen by readers in Ruth's home state of Michigan. Congratulations, Ruth!