One of the most interesting aspects of creating this book was working with two fifth-grade classes and having them critique it. They saw the manuscript while I was working on it and made numerous suggestions of things to change. I incorporated over two hundred of their suggestions and the book is better because of that.
Top of the Order is designed to appeal to third, fourth, and fifth graders, particularly boys as this an age where many boys make decisions about how much they like reading. It also contains a strong girl character named Sydney, and girls have been liking it, too . So if you know a baseball playing boy or girl of that age, please let them know about this book.
As for my own reading, I've started Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. I've owned this book for years and had many people recommend it. Now that I'm finally in it, I'm enjoying every page.
Happy Valentine's Day. Happy Reading.