Rebel Heads to Texas!

Posted October 27th, 2013 by Candice


Rebel McKenzie has been nominated for a Texas Bluebonnet Award.  Being on the master list for 2014-2015 is truly an honor.  So many kids will be reading my book, it boggles my mind!

What’s really funny is that Rebel’s name came from Texas.  I was speaking at the Texas Reading Association conference in 2008.  I was already thinking about a middle grade to follow Iva Honeysuckle.  At the luncheon, a reading teacher named Rebel Foster won the doorprize.  I sat up in my chair.  Rebel!  That was my character’s name!

Rebel’s last name is actually the first name of a twelve-year-old girl I knew at the time.  But her first name came from the state that invented feistiness.  And now Rebel is goin’ home to Texas!

Let’s give her (and Doublewide) a big yeeeeeee-haaaaaaaaaaw!



9 Responses to “Rebel Heads to Texas!”

  1. Steve Riley says:

    A big howdy do.
    Congratulations to Rebel and you! You lady’s deserve it.

    • Candice says:

      I think the cat Doublewide is actually more excited. He envisions himself winning and being at the banquet next spring where there will be lots of tuna!

  2. Yay! Wonderful that more readers will be enjoying Rebel!

  3. That is truly awesome Candice. Hi-five!

  4. Donna says:

    Congratulations! The whole point of writing such a compelling story, or creating any work of art, is to share passion and point of view. More kids reading Rebel, means more kids with compassion and understanding and laughter. Can there be a better prize? I am so proud for you!

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