My apologies, Ryan the Playground Expert, you too won a second prize in Samsung KidsTime Author’s Award. Ryan was inspired by my real-life friend,
17-year-old Ansel Lim. Ryan has gone out into the world and he influences different people different ways, according to their situations. Does he represent an indomitable spirit? Inexplicable joy in the face of adversity? Triumph over circumstances?
Young readers don’t think like that. The younger children just want to follow Ryan through all his playgrounds. The older children believe they can become experts on something, anything, as long as they persevere. Ryan walks through spaces of the mind and the imagination of people we cannot reach. So, congrats, Ryan, may you go on to bless many more people.