I just came home to the loveliest surprise on my doorstep: a signed copy of Kids in Orange: Voices from Juvenile Detention. It's a memoir by author Mindy Hardwick that I had the pleasure of copyediting.
I've worked with Mindy on a couple of her middle-grade novels (Stained Glass Summer and Seymour's Secret), and while I love them both, this is perhaps my favorite of her works so far. As her Amazon blurb says, "In the middle of a career change from teacher to writer, Mindy Hardwick volunteered to facilitate a weekly poetry workshop at a juvenile detention center. By helping the teens write poetry about their lives, Mindy discovered strength and courage to grieve the loss of her father, find forgiveness and release the past. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be used as a grant for writers to work with teens at Denney Juvenile Justice Center."
So amazing. Congratulations, Mindy!