Oh. My. Elvis.

I just found out that Magic Lessons is on the shortlist for a Locus Award. Check out who else is on the list:

    Best Young Adult Book

    Spirits That Walk in Shadow by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
    Magic Lessons by Justine Larbalestier
    Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin
    The Keys to the Kingdom: Sir Thursday by Garth Nix
    Wintersmith by Terry Pratchett

Talk about stellar! Those are some of the best writers in the YA universe! I’m on a shortlist with Ursula Le Guin! I think I’m going to faint.

There are other wonderful books up for Locus awards, including Samuel R. Delany’s About Writing and Julie Phillips’ Tiptree biography for best non-fiction, Ellen Kushner’s Privilege of the Sword for best fantasy, Ellen Klages’ Green Glass Sea and Naomi Novik’s Temeraire for best first novel. Woo hoo!! Congratulations to them all! And if you haven’t already read these then you really really ought to!


  1. Ally on #

    wow justine your up late or atleast my time anyway..its 11:13


  2. Justine on #

    I’m trying to catch up on email. It’s a losing battle and I’m getting sleepier and sleepier. Think I’ll call it a night.

    Thank you!

  3. Dawn on #

    CONGRATS!!! YAY!! I’m so happy for you!

  4. Elmo on #

    Congratulations! Go Magic Lessons, and you, of course!

  5. Sookie on #

    Wow! I just read Voices and I really liked it. That’s some illustrous company you’re in! Every reason to faint. Just make sure you lay out some pillows first.

  6. Rebecca on #

    woohoo!! congratties. 😀

  7. Maggie on #

    That is AWESOME, Justine! Yay you!!!! 😀

  8. jenny davidson on #

    very cool! five of my favorite writers, ya or otherwise! what a good list…

  9. rachel on #

    Hooray for you Justine!!! Speaking for all of the Austin teen librarians, we are sooo very happy for you! 🙂

  10. Justine on #

    Thanks everyone! I still can’t believe it. The Locus Awards have lots and lots of people voting for them. Every time I think about it I feel all fainty again.

    Rachel: As you know, Austin teen librarians are my faves! Even the noisy drunken ones!

  11. Sarah Beth Durst on #

    Congratulations, Justine! Fabulous news!!!

  12. Nicky on #

    Congratulations Justine, very good company indeed!

  13. Tole on #

    Dude, you rock. Very much. You shouldn’t be surprised that the rest of the world realises it too!

  14. amy fiske on #

    go you! rock on, sista.

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