A year ago, I was waiting nervously for Isaac the Alchemist: Secrets of Isaac Newton, Reveal’d, to launch itself into the world. I had spent years on it, and in that time I felt I had come to know Isaac in a new way: as an angry, lonely boy and later a magician.
Now I’m happy to see that (besides getting great reviews) Isaac the Alchemist has been selected for a TON of best-of lists, which (drum roll) I will just put down here:
School Library Journal Best Books of 2017
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017: Best of Children’s Middle Grade List
Outstanding Science Trade Books, 2017, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and Children’s Book Council
2018 Orbis Pictus Recommended Titles, National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
2017 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best Books
Chicago Public Library Mock Newbery Pick
Parents’ Choice Awards, Nonfiction, Spring 2017
101 Great Books for Kids list for 2017 (Evanston Public Library Edition)
Nerdy Book Club Award for Long Form Nonfiction
Texas Library Association’s 2018 Topaz list
2017 Cybils Finalists
My thanks to everyone, the book-lovers of all kinds who work so hard on award committees.
These honors mean, I hope, that more teachers and librarians and booksellers and parents and YES actual children (!) will find out about Isaac the Alchemist, and for that I’m deeply grateful.