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19 March 2014

My favorite page in A BIRD ON WATER STREET


You'll find this page in the back of A BIRD ON WATER STREET. It tells you about how environmentally responsible the publishing process was for the book. See, my publisher, Little Pickle Press is a Certified B Corp (from the website):
Striving to be the change it seeks, Little Pickle Press has proudly become a B Corporation.
      B Corps are certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency.
      Today, there is a growing community of more than 600 Certified B Corps from 15 countries and 60 industries working together toward one unifying goal: to redefine success in business.
      We are thrilled to announce that for the second year in a row, Little Pickle Press has been named among the “Best for the World” B Corporations. The second annual “Best for the World” list recognized 66 companies across 20 countries and 25 industries, and we are honored to share this distinction with other dynamic, socially-responsible companies.
A BIRD ON WATER STREET takes place in the Copper Basin area around and in Copperhill, Tennessee - an area environmentally devastated by a century of poor copper mining practices. Back in the 1800s miners cut down every tree in site to fuel the smelting heaps, which ran 24/7. The sulfuric dioxide that billowed out of those heaps created acid rain, which killed off everything else. There were no bugs, no birds, no trees for 50-square-miles.
     Reclamation efforts began with the CCC and continue to this day, and my book centers strongly on the hopes of thirteen-year-old Jack who wants to see the land returned to its previous glory.
     So, as you can imagine, it was very important to me that my book be printed using environmentally responsible practices such as recycled paper and soy ink. And that's exactly what Little Pickle Press did, and does. They're a publisher for the future. And I am extremely proud to be a pickle!

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