Friends, dragons, book lovers: I am grateful and humbled that you have chosen to honor my novel Seraphina. My thanks to the Boston Globe–Horn Book Committee for their selection, to the hard-working folks at Random House who helped make Seraphina happen, to my long-suffering editor Jim Thomas, and my peerless agent Dan Lazar. I wish I could have attended the ceremony in person, but alas I have not yet achieved mastery of time travel. Unless a much older me enters the hall right about…now… it’s probably safe to assume I never will.
There was much discussion in my household about whether I might turn into a dragon and fly to Boston under my own power — no, really, this is what we talk about over dinner. International borders being what they are, however, I would still have to show a passport to enter the U.S. I have two passports to choose from, being a dual citizen, but unfortunately neither makes me look like a dragon, although one comes quite close.
And so I stay home, ensconced in my maple-covered castle in Darkest Canada, working feverishly on the sequel to Seraphina, buoyed by your vote of confidence. Thank you all again, and one final thank-you to valiant Mallory Loehr, who heroically read this speech with a straight face.