Anna Shinoda

Awards, Reviews, Interviews, Guest Blog Posts, Nominations


Buch Des Monats SealDeutsche Akademie für Kinder- und Jugendliteratur e. V. (German Academy of Literature for Children and Young Readers) Book of the Month Award (for Die Mitte Von Allem, the German translation of Learning Not to Drown)


ALA Booklist  “Readers will be inspired as Clare develops a resilient hold on self-compassion and looks confidently ahead, waving farewell to her Skeleton and all it represents.”

Kirkus  “A thought-provoker that will leave readers contemplating the line between family loyalty and self-preservation.”

Common Sense Media “…a gripping, realistic tale of living with the fallout of a relative’s crimes and of the stigma that comes with being associated with a criminal”

Publishers Weekly “With the aim of helping readers similarly burdened by the guilt of putting one’s own needs first, Shinoda explores the intricate web of sibling dynamics and the devastation of addiction. Despite the painful subject matter, witnessing Clare’s growing sense of self-worth is uplifting.”

The Write Teacher(s)  “It’s an absolutely captivating story. Captivating. For every family has a secret or two, and Learning Not to Drown plunges beneath the surface to reveal it all.”


Loveline, March 27, 2014

Loveline High Five, March 27, 2014

Good Day LA, April 1, 2014

Freshman Fifteens April 4, 2014

The Write Teachers May 29, 2014

Artist Direct August 11, 2014  “Anna Shinoda’s debut novel Learning Not to Drown is emotional, entrancing, and engaging. It instantly transfixes readers with its dreamy and rapid-fire prose, weaving together an unforgettable tale of a family and its trials and tribulations… Learning Not to Drown also remains one of the best books you’ll read all year.”

HuffPost Live  August 20, 2014

GalleyCat  August 22, 2014


DearTeenMe  April 22, 2014

Pulseit March 31, 2014


YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Nomination  June 1, 2014

YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Nomination 2014

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