Tote Mädchen Lügen Nicht is nominated for a Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis!
Dead Girls Don’t Lie is nominated for a German Youth Literature Prize!
Um…why are you telling us this?
Because that’s my book! The German edition of Thirteen Reasons Why is called Tote Mädchen Lügen Nicht (Dead Girls Don’t Lie) and I just learned that it’s up for a national award in Germany.
My book is nominated in the Youth Jury (Jugendjury) category, which means it’ll be voted on by youth book clubs in Germany.
When I found out about the nomination, I called my parents to figure out a little genetic family history. I’ve never been very good with fractions, but I’m fairly certain that I’m 1/8 German. Sure, some of the nominees are 8/8 German (or totally German), but I’m catching up! Since hearing the news, I’ve already begun learning a bit of German. For example, my initial reaction to the nomination was Heiliger mist!
A special thanks to René Kissien, a reader in Germany, for helping me to understand this nomination a little more…as well as correcting my German.