ASK KJ

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  1. Dear KJ,

    In the Margins Book Awards Committee strives to find the best books for youth who live in poverty, on the streets, in custody—or all three.

    The following title has come to our attention and we are eager to review it:

    —————— Spin ——————–

    We would greatly appreciate review copies sent to our committee. The addresses are listed here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1n0X4MaLpc-Paf4VJAoinID1lQOjZjWrUKgmYg9XsJWA/edit

    The committee members seek out and highlight books from middle school through adult fiction and non-fiction titles which would appeal to and inspire youth aged 9-21 who may fit into one or all of the following categories.

    • living in poverty, on the streets, in restrictive custody or all three

    • multicultural (primarily African American, First Nations, and Latino)

    • reluctant readers

    Titles of interest may be unusual, possibly unreviewed, have multicultural characters, dealing with difficult situations including (but not limited to) street life, marginalized populations, crime, justice, foster care, war, violence, abuse, and addiction.

    Please note the following requirements and ensure that your book fits:

    1. Publication date range: June 2018-Dec 2019.

    2. Deadline to submit titles: November 1, 2019, but please submit titles as soon as you can.

    We realize that some of the publication dates have yet to arrive and would like to make you aware that we love galleys. Some of the institutions we serve cannot have hardback books, and we want to get youth feedback. If you have extras, we’ll take them.

  2. Hi Sabrina,

    Thank you so much for reaching out. I’d be honored to provide review copies of SPIN for consideration. Just to clarify, can I send digital copies to the provided email addresses or are paperback copies required? If I mail paperback copies, is there a form that should be included?

    Thanks again!
    KJ Farnham

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