And it's just a coincidence that I found the following out on Jan. 3.
I am delighted (actually I'm over the moon delighted) to report that the dead & the gone has been selected by the Junior Library Guild. They had previously published Life As We Knew It.
My editor tells me the JLG rarely takes sequels, which makes this even more exciting.
Okay, maybe that part was bragging. But just a little. And my mother says it's okay to (she's thrilled also).