My middle grade novel ME AND THE WEIRDOS was originally published back in 1981 by Houghton Mifflin. Later it was published in paperback by Bantam, excerpted in a Holt Anthology, translated into French, and won an ALA/CBC Children’s Choice Award and the Utah Children’s Book Award.
Over the years I’ve received lots of fan letters from children who read the book, from all over the US and other countries. But we’ll get to that later… Last June I received the most unexpected, beautifully written, sweet email ever!!…from two high school seniors named Eva Perkins and Ashley Berrett who live in Blanding, a small town in southeastern Utah. They began by saying that they had been chosen as Sterling Scholars, a scholarship program in Utah.
Excerpt from their email:
I have always had a strong love of reading, and part of that love came from reading and re-reading your book “Me and the Weirdos.” It was my mom’s book before it was mine, and she read it, too. It is a book that taught me valuable lessons about accepting people for who they are and loving life.
The email went on to say…
This is one of those moments when you have to believe that stars really do align. A remarkable account of the young women who as children were introduced to a remarkable book — seeing something in it that others had overlooked.
Jane, your book will surely find its way into the hands of my great nieces. Now how do I get an autographed copy?
(I look forward to reading all the coverage of this once-in-a-lifetime event. … or perhaps it is just the start of a new journey for your work. Now that would be a beautiful thing … especially for this lover of books and theater!!!) — Leilah
Thank you for your appreciative words, Leilah. I will be working on getting the book back in print and will keep you posted!