(Original cover art for Jumper by Romas. [top left])
Jumper received good reviews and was on the Compton Crook Award Final Ballot (an award for first novels.) It was second place in the Locus Poll for best first novel of 1992. It was also on the American Library Association Best Book List, YA division, the International Teacher’s Association’s Recommended Reading List, and the Pacific Northwest Reader’s Association YA Award Final Ballot.
Banned in Boston and other fun
While this book has been nominated for awards and been placed on reading lists, there are two things that I am proudest of.
First, at an ALA meeting, I had a school librarian come up to me and say, “Jumper is the book I use when I want to get a kid to trust all my other reccomendations. I always start out with Jumper.”
Second, Jumper was on the American Library Association’s list of most banned books in America, 1990 to 1999. And considering that it wasn’t published until the latter half of 1992, it had to work extra hard.
Of course, in 2000, along comes that Rowling woman and everybody wants to ban her books. She doesn’t care that she kicks us underachievers right off the bottom of the list.
All right, I’ll admit it. I was way down at number 94. It wasn’t like I was up there with Catcher in the Rye. I was between Stephen King’s Christine and a non-fiction book on sex education. All the Harry Potter books came in at number 1.
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And there was a movie. Here’s the movie tie-in edition: