The Scent of Apples by Jacquie McRae (Huia Publishers, 2011) has been selected by the Munich-based International Youth Library as part of their annual White Ravens 2012 as one of the outstanding international books for children and young adults released in the last year.
The Scent of Apples will be presented at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair to be held from 19 – 22 March 2012.
The Scent of Apples is one of 250 titles chosen from 40 countries out of thousands of books received from all around the world.
‘I’m in awe really, my little book on such a big stage’ said Jacquie. ‘I hadn’t actually heard of The White Ravens 2012 and I’m just googling it now’.
Just back from the Wellington Writers and Readers Festival, Jacquie said she was inspired by some of the well-known writers at the Festival such as Australian writer Kate Grenville. ‘Hearing her speak about the long, hard process of writing made me relax and realise that I’m in good company.’
Recently featured as a Teen Read by NZ Herald’s Canvas, The Scent of Apples is Jacquie’s first novel.
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair is the most important international event dedicated to the children’s publishing and multimedia industry with about 1200 exhibitors from 66 countries exhibiting in 2012.
The International Youth Library in Munich is the largest library for international children’s and youth literature in the world.