March 2002

So much has happened in the last few weeks that it’s hard to know where to begin! But I’ll start with the news that A Single Shard is back in stock. If your local bookstore doesn’t have copies, you can place an order; the book is also available now through online booksellers.

Many readers have written to ask about bookplates. To receive a signed bookplate, send an SASE to:

Debra Shapiro
Clarion Books
215 Park Avenue South
New York NY 10003
Please don’t forget to include that SASE!

The Author Presentations page has the schedule of my upcoming appearances. This is being added to constantly (!), so if you’re interested in learning when I’ll be in your area, check this page often!

I have received HUNDREDS of congratulatory messages via e-mails, phone calls, letters, posts in my guestbook–I keep expecting a Pony Express rider to stop by any day now! Heartfelt thanks to all of you who have contacted me. In the way of more concrete thanks, I plan to list highlights of my ‘Newbery experience’ every month on this page. So here’s the first installment:

  • The ‘Today Show’ on January 22nd, and no, I did NOT get to meet Richard Gere! But as a result of my appearance, several long-lost friends ‘found’ me, which was a wonderful bonus.
  • Invitations to speak IN KOREA!
  • A beautiful letter from Lee Hee-ho—Korea’s First Lady!
  • The chance to reunite with many old friends and make some new ones at the SCBWI Midyear Conference in New York City.

More news: March 18 is the publication date for When My Name Was Keoko, my new upper-midgrade novel set in World War II Korea. I’m delighted to share that it has already received two starred reviews—from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly. Click here to learn more about the book.

The paperback edition of The Kite Fighters is now available from Random House/Dell Yearling—with a new cover! Order from your local bookstore or online.

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Winners of the February book drawing!

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