Congratulations to our members with books releasing today! Click on the covers below for more information:
No lame roman candles or punks here!
(okay, there will be punks.)
It’s the July Sweet 16 Giveaway! Match the 16th line to its novel and win a future ARC of THE SERPENT KING by Jeff Zentner (Crown/Random House, Spring 2016)!
Now that’s downright sparkly.
“I would have been able to do so even if I’d been standing; Arnath child slaves did not stay alive as long as I had unless they learned how to stay atop the platforms.”
Great line, right? But which novel is it from?
A. Kathy MacMillan’s A SWORD AND VERSE (HarperTeen, Winter 2016)
B. Laurie Elizabeth Flynn’s FIRSTS (Thomas Dunne Books/St Martin’s Press, 2016)
C. Evelyn Skye’s THE TSAR’S GAME (HarperCollins/Balzer+Bray, 2016)
Think you know it? Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org, who never skips a chance to link you to her website. Good luck!
Raised as a cowgirl in Colorado, Kiersi Burkhart has never forgotten her frontier roots, although she now lives in Portland, Oregon. Her essay THE FIRST RULE OF COLLEGE appears in the upcoming non-fiction anthology, THE V-WORD (Beyond Words, 2016).
Her debut novel, SHY GIRL AND SHY GUY (Darby Creek/Lerner, Spring 2016), is a middle grade contemporary that taps into Kiersi’s love of stories about bravery, friendship, and horses. For Hanna, Quartz Creek Ranch was the worst kind of punishment, because there’s nothing she fears more than horses. Then she meets the beautiful gray named Shy Guy, who is just as afraid of people as Hanna is of horses. Can she help Shy Guy overcome his past of abuse and abandonment, and restore him to his former glory?
Where to find her:
Sweet Sixteener Kiersi Burkhart recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Erin Entrada Kelly about her debut MG novel, BLACKBIRD FLY (March 24, 2015 from Greenwillow Books).
Erin Entrada Kelly was raised in south Louisiana, but now lives in the Northeast. In addition to writing MG, she’s published lots of short stories in places like Keyhole Magazine, Kyoto Journal, and TAYO. She’s a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee and was a finalist for the Philippines Free Press Literary Award for Short Fiction. She reviews non-fiction for the Library Journal and works as a writer and editor in suburban Philadelphia.
Apple Yengko knows what it’s like to be different. She has a weird Filipino nickname, she’s the only Asian at her school, and she’s obsessed with the Beatles instead of boys. But her life doesn’t truly fall apart until she finds out she’s listed on the Dog Log—the list of the ugliest girls in school—and her friends abandon her. Suddenly she’s a social pariah. The boys bark at her in the halls and the girls turn the other way. Apple dreams of escape and resents everything about her culture, including her mother. She’s desperate to get a guitar so she can run away and become a musician like her idol, George Harrison. Apple is convinced that music can save her. And it might—only not in the way that she thinks.
Kiersi: Apple’s story is one that will ring true for many kids with immigrant parents or backgrounds—the struggle between your native culture and language and wanting to fit in in America. How did the idea for BLACKBIRD FLY find you? Are there any echoes of your own life in it?
Erin: BLACKBIRD FLY started off as a very different book. The cultural conflict was originally a subplot, but it eventually took over. Apple had a bigger story to tell than the one I originally outlined; it just took a while for me to see it. There are many echoes of my own life in the novel, which is probably why I had trouble finding the real heart of the story. Sometimes we don’t see what’s right in front of us!
Sweet Sixteener Kiersi Burkhart recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Fonda Lee about her debut YA sci-fi fantasy novel, ZEROBOXER (April 8, 2015 by Flux/Llewellyn).
Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. ZEROBOXER (from Flux/Llewellyn) is her debut novel. Fonda is a recovering corporate strategist, an avid martial artist, a fan of smart action movies, and an Eggs Benedict enthusiast.
A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way. As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.
Kiersi: How did the idea of zeroboxing come to you?
Fonda:I worked for years as a corporate strategist at Nike, and the idea came to me to write an action-packed sports story that captured the pressure, money, and emotion surrounding celebrity athletes. Despite working in the athletic industry, as an avid martial artist, the only sports I have any particular enthusiasm for are combat sports, and given that I’m a science fiction and fantasy writer, the premise of my story was a no-brainer: futuristic prizefighting. How would combat sports evolve in a space-faring civilization? Zero gravity fights, of course.
Sweet Sixteener Kiersi Burkhart recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Kate Axelrod about her debut Contemporary YA novel, THE LAW OF LOVING OTHERS (January 8, 2015 from Razorbill).
Kate Axelrod was born and raised in New York City. She has a B.A. in Creative Writing from Oberlin College and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. Kate has written for Nerve.com, The Nervous Breakdown and various other publications. She lives in Brooklyn and works as an advocate in the criminal justice system.