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I traveled to Texas last week and did a bunch of school presentations, and since the town had chosen Sammy Keyes for a community read (pick any title!), I found myself wishing I'd scanned in the foreign editions of Sammy Keyes and included them in my slide show. Some of the foreign editions are so cool!
So tonight I'm doing just that because I have another group of school visits coming up. And while I was scanning away I thought, wow, of all the people on earth who would love to see these, it's my Sammiacs!
So this week I'll share my favorite with you--Sammy Keyes in Japanese!
Receiving foreign editions is one of my tippy-top favorite things about being an author. When I get my copies (I get 5 and I part with them carefully--one for each 'kid', one for me, one for my sister, and one for my awesome in-laws, without whom Sammy may not exist...) I really savor them. Just turn them over and over in my hand and wonder at the art choices and the illustrations. (Yes! Some of them have illustrations! You should see the dangling spider freaking out Marissa in the Spanish version! So funny. )
And the very coolest thing of all?
Looking through the pages of my own story, I can't read a word!
On the back flap of the Japanese version (well, front, to them) is a picture of me with Japanese characters underneath.
How do you translate a name like mine?
Only...maybe it's not really my name. Maybe it says something else.
Maybe it's all a big joke on me!
Translation: "Woman from USA who thinks she's hot."
Crack me up!
Anyway, I'm sharing this awesome cover with you now. Sorry I didn't think of it sooner.
And to catch you up, I've been working manically! I re-re-re-re-wrote Justice Jack (final stages!) and am sweating through a rewrite of Sin City...both of which landed on my desk days apart and interrupted me from plotting #17 which my husband is calling Killer Cruise, even though there are no deaths!
But one may turn up, right? It's a Sammy Keyes book! Anchors away!
Plus, the name is awesome.
So yeah. We'll call that the working title even though it's sure to change. (But if you've been with me any length of time, you already knew that!)
And now, back to scanning for me. Miles and miles to go before I sleep...
PS Comments on comments on previous postings will be coming! Thanks for your patience.