Just as dear friend and inspiration, Justina Chen Headley, jetted off to Shanghai and Beijing, I finished the advance reader copy (ARC) of North of Beautiful.
If you haven't already heard of this book - due out in February 2009 - you soon will. Some bloggers are already saying it should get in line for the Printz, and with good reason. I think it may be Justina's best book yet. Here's a very lovely review from Teen Book Review, and there are many more.
An important aspect of North of Beautiful is geocaching (geek treasure hunting!), and Lorie Ann of readergirlz put together this cool video of Justina, Nancy Pearl, and the rest of us readergirlz hunting for treasure!
You can keep up with Justina's adventures in China - including her trip to the Olympics, geocaching, and more - at her blog, http://justinachenheadley.blogspot.com.
Miss you already, J! Fu, Lu, Xi, Ai (four expressions of good luck - good fortune, prosperity, happiness, and affection)!