I am so excited to be in Buxtehuder, Germany this week! The local librarian and her amazing staff, volunteers, and donors have given me the warmest, most amazing welcome to their beautiful town! Follow my stories and posts on Instagram to keep up with all my adventures this week: @tamaraistone.
I’ll be visiting local schools and doing presentations around town, and on Friday, I’ll be accepting the “The Buxtehuder Bulle Award” at the 46th Annual Buxtehuder Bulle, the Jugendliteraturpreis German Book Award for Young People’s Literature (and likely doing so with tears in my eyes). I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to see Mit anderen Worten: ich (the German edition of Every Last Word) achieve this incredible honor.
And I want to celebrate! Not only with the people of this beautiful German town, but with all of my readers everywhere. Because you all made this happen!
Here in Germany, we have been talking a lot about the impact this story has had on readers. We find it interesting that people tend to connect with it in a very personal way, but that individual readers often connect with different aspects of Sam’s story. We’re intrigued. Please tell us: Why did Sam’s story speak to YOU? And if you haven’t read it yet, that’s okay–tell us why it interests you and what you think you might like about it.
Your voice—your stories—matter to me and I’d love to hear what you have to say. I might share some of your insights at the Awards Ceremony on Friday (names withheld for privacy).
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With my hosts, Ulrike and Susanne, and my dad.
I’m so honored to join these incredibly talented writers who have the distinction of being previous winners.
The local librarians are creating this card game–similar to the card game, Quartet–featuring fun facts the previous 46 winners!