This is, word for word, minus some social networking business, a lovely letter I got from The Junior Library Guild.
Please note the words BELLWETHER, LAPEL PIN and SUITABLE FOR FRAMING (and feel, if you will, my delight, pride, and astonishment...)
Dear Arlaina Tibensky,
Congratulations! In keeping with our goal of providing extraordinary reading experiences for children and young adults, And Then Things Fall Apart has been awarded the designation, "A Junior Library Guild Selection" for Spring 2011.
The Junior Library Guild Selection designation is unique in that it is typically awarded so early, often in advance of publication. With its distinction as one of the first awards given, it is often viewed as a bellwether of future success.
It is our pleasure to provide you with the enclosed awards packet: a JLG lapel pin and a certificate suitable for framing.
Again, congratulations, and we wish you much success with And then Things Fall Apart.
I KNOW!! And believe me, I am sofa king wearing the crap out of that lapel pin!! (I am wearing it now!)