From the 2009 San Diego Book Awards

But I did walk away with two marked up manuscripts and I’m sure they spotted plenty of typos for me to fix and feedback for me to consider. One point that really surprised me, all three judges felt that for a young adult manuscript Picking Up the Ghost was long with too many characters.

Really? Because when I was in 5th grade I read all 700+ pages of The Chronicles of Narnia, with at least twice as many characters, eight times as many protagonists and whole mythical nations for settings and I know I’m not the only one raced though it in less than two weeks and loved every moment.

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