Monday, February 4, 2008
GET WELL SOON gets big ups!
Congratulations to my one and only, Julie Halpern! Her debut young adult novel, GET WELL SOON, was just announced as one of five winners of this year's Ken Book Awards, given out by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Her book is a semi-autobiographical tale of a teenage girl who's hospitalized for depression--but it's funny (believe it). The Ken Book Award is given to authors whose books provide a unique, uplifting, refreshing, and/or groundbreaking perspective on the topic of mental illness (previous winners include Jane Pauley, Rick Moody, and Patty Duke). It is typically reserved for more brainiac/scientific books or memoirs, and rarely is the prize given to a book for younger readers. So this is particularly special! Major congrats, little lady.