Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information about each title:
And the award goes to…
Laura Shovan’s middle grade debut, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary, was named the 2018 Arnold Adoff Poetry Award for New Voices honor book.
Victoria J. Coe’s middle grade novel Fenway and Hattie, the 2017 Global Read Aloud for Early Readers, has been selected as a One School, One Book “Sweet Spot” title by the literacy organization Read to Them.
The third book in C.M. Surrisi’s Quinnie Boyd Mystery series, A Side of Sabotage, is coming out March 1, 2018 from Carolrhoda.
Michele Bacon’s second novel, Antipodes, publishes April 3rd. If you’re near Seattle, come to her book launch at Secret Garden in Ballard, 7 p.m. on April 3rd.
Wendy McLeod MacKnight recently revealed the cover of her next middle grade novel, The Frame-Up. The novel, which explores the idea that every original piece of artwork is alive (but doesn’t want us to know it’s alive!) and will contain sixteen pages of full color glossy images of actual masterpieces from the Beaverbrook Art Gallery (which are characters in the book) will be published on June 5th by Greenwillow Books.
Parker Peevyhouse’s upcoming book, The Echo Room, is coming September 11, 2018 from Tor Teen, is available for preorder!
Kathy MacMillan’s Dagger and Coin, the companion novel to her Compton Crook Award-nominated debut, Sword and Verse, will be published by HarperTeen on November 20. The story follows Soraya Gamo, the daughter of a crown traitor, who must learn to work with her former enemies to rebuild her nation.
Gordon Jack’s second novel, Your Own Worst Enemy, is coming Fall 2018. Lincoln High School has three candidates for student body president: One is a career politician, one is a radical outsider, one is a clueless billionaire. With a satirical nod to the 2016 presidential election, Gordon Jack’s sophomore novel shines a spotlight on the highs and (very low) lows of the electoral process, ultimately proving that the popular vote really is the one that matters most.
Tobie Easton will be appearing as a featured guest and panelist at two upcoming events, Teen Bookfest by the Bay in Corpus Christi, TX from February 16-18, 2018 and the SE-YA Book Fest in Murfreesboro, TN from March 8-10, 2018 (more details at: www.TobieEaston.com/events). Tobie is the award-winning author of the Mer Chronicles series, which follows the descendants of the Little Mermaid and offers a peek into a world where mermaids aren’t just real but live secretly among us on land. She will be signing the first two books in the series, Emerge and Submerge, at both events.
Here’s our handy printable release calendar to help you keep track of all the sweet November debuts coming at you soon!
Thanks to our printable calendar team: Sarah Alexander, Jenn Nguyen, Dee Romito, Shari Schwarz, Kathy MacMillan, Randi Pink and Ava Jae!
Gordon Jack is a former copywriter, best known for the phrase “Imagine the Pastabilities” which ran in many Sunday newspapers. After exhausting himself creatively, he moved to Spain and taught his special brand of advertising lingo to English language learners. If you travel to Andalucía, you will hear locals exclaim in restaurants, “Hay demasiado pastabilities!” when confronted with too many menu options.
Gordon’s debut, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT (HarperCollins, November 8, 2016), is a Young Adult Jeeves and Wooster story about a floundering stoner and a Spock-like exchange student who must unmask a mysterious school vandal to clear their names.
- Favorite book growing up: MY FATHER’S DRAGON and JAWS. He transitioned quickly from stories in which humans help fantastic creatures to stories in which they are devoured by them.
- Childhood aspiration: Cartoonist.
- Favorite time of day / place to write: 6am in his parents’ beach house.
- Book currently reading: THE FIRST BAD MAN Miranda July.
- Favorite things to do: Travel and drink coffee.
- Best thing about being a 2016 debut author: Meeting other writers!
Where to find him:
GIRLS IN THE MOON
Janet McNally revealed her cover for GIRLS IN THE MOON on February 10, 2016 over on Publishing Crawl.
Phoebe and Luna Ferris haven’t grown up in the spotlight, but that’s only because their mother, Meg, quit her famous band when the girls were small. She hasn’t said much about it since.
Now, Luna has a band of her own, and their still-famous dad hasn’t called in three years. The summer Phoebe turns seventeen, she goes to visit Luna in New York, determined to discover the truth about her family—and herself.
THE BOOMERANG EFFECT
Gordon Jack held the cover reveal for his YA Contemporary, THE BOOMERANG EFFECT on February 10th.
It all started with a harmless prank.
But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he agrees to participate in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but with the social skills of the periodic table. Lawrence thinks this is an easy task, but every time he and Spencer are seen together, Lawrence drops a rung or two on the school’s social ladder.
Then disaster strikes—Homecoming Week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairy tale–inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl named Zoe, a Renaissance live action role-playing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But quiet, brilliant Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Lawrence is beginning to realize that Spencer may be the one friend he never knew he needed.
A TAIL OF CAMELOT
Julie Leung revealed the cover for her MG debut A TAIL OF CAMELOT on February 15th on Mr Schu Reads.
Young mouse Calib Christopher dreams of the day when he will become a Knight of Camelot like his father and grandfather before him. For generations, Calib’s family has lived among the mice that dwell beneath the human Knights of the Round Table, defending the castle they all call home. Calib just hopes he will be able to live up to the Christopher name.
Then, on the night of the annual Harvest Tournament, tragedy strikes. The mice suspect the Darklings are behind the vicious sneak attack, but Calib has his doubts, so he sets off on a quest for the truth. Venturing deep into the woods beyond the castle walls, Calib and his friend Cecily discover that a threat far greater than the Darklings is gathering, and human and animal knights alike are in grave danger.
With help from a host of unlikely new allies, including a young human boy named Galahad, Calib must get the Mice of the Round Table and the Darklings to put aside their differences and fight together. Only then will they be strong enough to save Camelot.
It’s Boston, 1919, and the Cast Iron club is packed. On stage, hemopaths–whose “afflicted” blood gives them the ability to create illusions through art–captivate their audience. Corinne and Ada have been best friends ever since infamous gangster Johnny Dervish recruited them into his circle. By night they perform for Johnny’s crowds, and by day they con Boston’s elite.
When a job goes wrong and Ada is imprisoned, they realize how precarious their position is. After she escapes, two of the Cast Iron’s hires are shot, and Johnny disappears. With the law closing in, Corinne and Ada are forced to hunt for answers, even as betrayal faces them at every turn.
Dee Romito, author of THE BFF BUCKET LIST (Aladdin/S&S 2016), will have two middle grade books releasing next year.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES (Aladdin/S&S) follows A 12 year-old girl, used to flying around the country for her father’s job, who gets a chance to go to middle school for six weeks and sets out to see what she can accomplish without her VIP status.
SEVEN SIDES TO EVERY STORY (Aladdin/S&S) will be co-written with six other Aladdin authors. A middle grade novel in the format of Love, Actually, Seven Sides to Every Story is told from the perspective of seven different, but intersecting, characters. It takes place over the course of one night and is centered around a middle school dance.
You can add them on your Goodreads TBR lists using the links in this announcement!
Amy Allgeyer, author of the contemporary YA novel DIG TOO DEEP, will be presenting a workshop on writing for children and teens as part of the Idaho Writer’s Guild Workshop Series in August 2016.
For more information, see http://idahowritersguild.blogspot.com/p/2015-workshop-series.html or www.amyallgeyer.com
Peter Brown Hoffmeister’s THIS IS THE PART WHERE YOU LAUGH earned a starred review from Kirkus on February 1, 2016:
It’s one tough summer in Eugene, Oregon, for Travis and his friends, “good kids with rough lives,” as Travis’ basketball coach calls them. Travis’ friend Natalie says, “This is the part where you laugh. You just have to. When things are so shitty that there’s nothing you can do, there’s no other way to react.” And the problems do pile up. Travis lives in a trailer park with his grandparents, and his grandmother is dying of cancer; his mother is a homeless heroin addict. Natalie has reason not to trust her new stepfather. Travis breaks his ribs jumping off a bridge, and his friend Malik is stabbed during a pickup basketball game. Yet the story never feels heavy or melodramatic. What might seem didactic in lesser hands feels realistic and right here. Messages are delivered in natural dialogue, the well-drawn characters speaking from the heart with wisdom derived from firsthand experience. “We keep working. We keep trying. ‘Cause fuck everyone else, you know? We just do what we do…. We keep trying hard.” And plenty of humor leavens the tale: Travis releases two 4-foot caimans into the local pond and pees on a racist neighbor’s steps, and Malik writes “dirty love letters” that Travis’ grandmother reads and loves. Travis and feisty Natalie are there for each other, and teen readers will identify with them. Travis and Natalie are white; Malik is black; poverty and love connect them. A memorable story of good kids transcending rough lives. (Fiction. 14 & up)
Cheryl Blackford is thrilled that her MG historical fiction novel LIZZIE AND THE LOST BABY received a fabulous review in the Wall Street Journal on the same day that over 70 people attended her launch party at The Red Balloon Bookstore in St. Paul, Minnesota (when the windchill was -25 degrees)! You can read the full WSJ review here.
Robin Yardi had three great recent reviews for THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ:
“Hooray! Booklist calls Robin Yardi’s #MGdebut, “an imaginative backyard adventure with light touches of fantasy.” http://www.booklistonline.com/The-Midnight-War-of-Mateo-Martinez-Robin-Yardi/pid=7791989”
“THE MIDNIGHT WAR OF MATEO MARTINEZ by @TheSweet16s author @RobinEggWrites gets a ⭐ from @KirkusReviews!!! https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/robin-yardi/the-midnight-war-of-mateo-martinez/”
WEBSITES & RECOGNITIONS
Laura Shovan has a new website and blog. She’ll be running a daily write-along in February. This year’s theme is Found Objects. Anyone can participate on a drop-in basis. Poetry and prose are welcome.
Diana Gallagher’s contemporary young adult novel, LESSONS IN FALLING, was selected as one of the most anticipated 2016 releases by the Barnes and Noble teen blog.
SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan will be published in German by Beltz.
Goodreads ARC giveaway–10 CONSIDER ARCs available! Win a chance to read it before everyone else. Ends March 6, 2016.
Jolly Fish Press is hosting a Fan Art Contest based on one of three passages of CONSIDER. Fabulous prizes! Ends March 31, 2016.