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Swanky Seventeen Carlie Sorosiak recently interviewed Janet McNally about her debut novel, a contemporary YA just published by HarperTeen.
About the Author:
Though her family is not rock and roll royalty, Janet McNally has always liked boys in bands. (She even married one.) She has an MFA from the University of Notre Dame, and her stories and poems have been published widely in magazines. She has twice been a fiction fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. Janet lives in Buffalo with her husband and three little girls, in a house full of records and books, and teaches creative writing at Canisius College. Girls in the Moon is her first novel, but she’s also the author of a prizewinning collection of poems, Some Girls.
About GIRLS IN THE MOON:
Everyone in Phoebe Ferris’s life tells a different version of the truth. Her mother, Meg, ex–rock star and professional question evader, shares only the end of the story—the post-fame calm that Phoebe’s always known. Her sister, Luna, indie-rock darling of Brooklyn, preaches a stormy truth of her own making, selectively ignoring the facts she doesn’t like. And her father, Kieran, the cofounder of Meg’s beloved band, hasn’t said anything at all since he stopped calling three years ago.
But Phoebe, a budding poet in search of an identity to call her own, is tired of half-truths and vague explanations. When she visits Luna in New York, she’s determined to find out how she fits in to this family of storytellers, and to maybe even continue her own tale—the one with the musician boy she’s been secretly writing for months. Told in alternating chapters, Phoebe’s first adventure flows as the story of Meg and Kieran’s romance ebbs, leaving behind only a time-worn, precious pearl of truth about her family’s past—and leaving Phoebe to take a leap into her own unknown future.
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Though her family isn’t rock and roll royalty, Janet McNally always liked boys in bands. (She even married one.) She’s been obsessed with stories since she was small, and can talk about fairy tales and myths for hours (or write poems about them, as she did in her prizewinning poetry collection SOME GIRLS). She lives with her husband and three little girls in Buffalo, where she teaches creative writing at Canisius College.
Janet’s debut novel, GIRLS IN THE MOON (HarperCollins/HarperTeen, Fall 2016), is a Young Adult Contemporary. 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.
Where to find her:
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.
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.
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/”
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.