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save the children logoOn Thursday, September 3, Patrick Ness started a fundraiser to help alleviate the Syrian refugee crisis. With all donations going to Save the Children, he was hoping to reach £10,000 — at which point he would match the donations with another £10,000.

£10,000 was reached.

Then John Green said he would match the next £10,000.

Then Derek Landy jumped in to match the next £10,000.

And the world of kidlit (and lit in general) exploded. I have been watching Patrick Ness’s Twitter feed for five days like it’s a breaking One Direction scandal. For five days. I’d like to say I did something exciting with my holiday weekend. I really would. But I can’t. Because I was glued to Twitter watching authors (Rainbow Rowell, Philip Pullman, Cressida Cowell, Jacqueline Woodson…), readers, publishers, booksellers, and so many others donate money. It was beautiful. It is beautiful.

At this point, the thermometer reads £534,100, which (according to Ness) does not include all of the money from matched donations.

If you’d like to donate and haven’t already, here’s the link.

Siân Gaetano About Siân Gaetano

Siân Gaetano is assistant editor for The Horn Book, Inc. Follow her on Twitter @KidLitChick.

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