Each year, AAAS/Subaru award prizes in four categories - Children's Science Picture Book, Middle Grades Science Book, Hands-On Science Book, and Young Adult Science Book. And I am absolutely THRILLED to announce that Sticky has made it onto the longlist for that final category - young adults.
This award is a big deal. Previous winners include some of my own favourite pop-sci books, including The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and The Alchemy of Us by Ainissa Ramirez, Ph.D.
This year's shortlist is incredible - I've already read (and loved) several of them. They are:
To be frank, seeing my book on this list, surrounded by brilliant titles and writers, is a bit discombobulating. You all know that writing it was a labour of love - truly the hardest project I've ever done. For the longest time, I feared that even if I managed to finish it, no-one would want to read it! I could never have imagined it being longlisted for a prize this prestigious. I continue to be amazed and surprised by the reception my wee book-baby is getting. Thank you to everyone who has bought a copy.
The four finalists for the AAAS/Subaru Prize will be announced in November, with the overall winner announced in February. I do not expect to make it that far, but I am a-ok with that. As my lovely mum-in-law said, getting longlisted is the cake....any further than that would be the icing.
Good luck to all my fellow longlisters - you're all ace.
NOVEMBER 2022 UPDATE
I am THRILLED to announce that Sticky has made it through to the final four! It is there alongside
- Astroquizzical: Solving the Cosmic Puzzles of Our Planets, Stars, and Galaxies
- The Complete Guide to Absolutely Everything (Abridged): Adventures in Math and Science,
- The Last Days of the Dinosaurs: An Asteroid, Extinction, and the Beginning of Our World.