BOOK TRAILER for Sarah Lariviere's MG debut, THE BAD KID

Without any further ado, please enjoy this charming book trailer for Sarah Lariviere's MG debut -- a mystery-comedy -- THE BAD KID!

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin learns what it really means to be bad in this colorful and hilarious mystery reminiscent of Harriet the Spy.

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin is very good at being bad. Her Grandpa Si was a real-life gangster, and Claude always thought she’d take over the family business when he was gone. Instead, Claude’s dad is in charge—and she’s sure he’s running things into the ground. She wants to step in, but her parents are keeping secrets and her partner in crime, Fingerless Brett, is suddenly on the straight and narrow.

Then, when a very strange character by the name of Alma Lingonberry shows up in the neighborhood, Claude gets closer to the crime life than ever. Before long, she’s swept up in a maddening mystery that’s got her wondering: What does it really mean to be bad?



Happy Publication Day to SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS, THE BAD KID and LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS!

September 6th is a bounteous day -- being the publication day of FOUR titles from my clients!

First up are the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS books -- the first in a new series from Marcie Colleen and illustrator Steve James.  GNAWING AROUND and KNOCK KNOCK ON WOOD get things rolling, and they are off to a great start -- these two titles have been selected as Amazon Editor's Picks of the Month for September!  I loved seeing these sketches from illustrator Steve James, and the evolution of the Bears, here on his Facebook page.

To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in on word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing and above all else -- a good party.  Not so for the rest of the animals living in the Grumpy Woods.  They find the bears a bit hard to take.  But these bears have a way of prevailing...

Solid chapter books can be challenging to find, and the SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS fit the bill, perfectly.  Funny with a sweet and smart sense of humor, fast-paced, and chock-full of
charming full-color illustrations, these books are going to fill a hole for so many readers.

To buy copies of SUPER HAPPY PARTY BEARS, look here:
Powells
IndieBound
Amazon
Barnes + Noble

To say congrats to Marcie Colleen, you can find her on twitter or on her blog.








Next is THE BAD KID from debut author Sarah Lariviere.  As a kid, I loved mysteries -- starting with Encyclopedia Brown, moving to From the Mixed Up Files, The Westing Game and so many more.  I still can devour a good mystery in a sitting.  Which explains in part, why I love this middle-grade mystery as much as I do -- THE BAD KID is a darn good mystery story.  But add to that a truly marvelous main character, Claudeline Feng LeBarnardin -- who is as complex, funny, and interesting as character I've ever read, and I'm hooked.  I think of this as a modern day Harriet the Spy!

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin learns what it really means to be bad in this colorful and hilarious mystery reminiscent of Harriet the Spy.

Claudeline Feng LeBernardin is very good at being bad. Her Grandpa Si was a real-life gangster, and Claude always thought she’d take over the family business when he was gone. Instead, Claude’s dad is in charge—and she’s sure he’s running things into the ground. She wants to step in, but her parents are keeping secrets and her partner in crime, Fingerless Brett, is suddenly on the straight and narrow.

Then, when a very strange character by the name of Alma Lingonberry shows up in the neighborhood, Claude gets closer to the crime life than ever. Before long, she’s swept up in a maddening mystery that’s got her wondering: What does it really mean to be bad?

THE BAD KID is getting marvelous review attention:
“A strong and steady unfurling of drama and action…brings the novel to a resounding finish. Sharp, fun, and optimistic, the novel will have readers rooting for Claude until the end.” – Kirkus Reviews

“Multiracial Claude heads up a diverse cast of well-formed characters, and the exploration of friendship and family relations is worthwhile. For readers looking for a tough-talking, independent heroine with detective aspirations, this debut is a treat.”— Booklist 

“This is a story about choices and what it means to be good…The humor, quirky characters, and contemporary New York setting, combined with the gangster lore, make this ideal for middle grade readers who enjoy slightly naughty characters with hearts of gold.”– School Library Journal


“In her pursuit of the truth, Claude reclaims faltering relationships with family and friends and solves a darn good little mystery into the bargain…leads readers not only to a satisfying conclusion but also to musings on the relationship between fact and truth.”  – Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Book

You can buy THE BAD KID here:

Find Sarah here and here -- give her a shout hello! 


Next we have the paperback publication of Lisa Lewis Tyre's mg novel, LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS!  This is also a middle-grade mystery -- not kidding when I say I love mystery! -- set in a small southern town, where the past echoes here in the present.  

Sheila Turnage meets Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie in this debut about a small town and a young girl who discovers some old family secrets.

Lou might be only twelve, but she’s never been one to take things sitting down. So when her Civil War-era house is about to be condemned, she’s determined to save it—either by getting it deemed a historic landmark or by finding the stash of gold rumored to be hidden nearby during the war. As Lou digs into the past, her eyes are opened when she finds that her ancestors ran the gamut of slave owners, renegades, thieves and abolitionists. Meanwhile, some incidents in her town show her that many Civil War era prejudices still survive and that the past can keep repeating itself if we let it. Digging into her past shows Lou that it’s never too late to fight injustice, and she starts to see the real value of understanding and exploring her roots.


LAST IN A LONG LINE was selected as a Middle Grade Buzz Panel at the 2015 BEA meeting, and received wonderful review attention:

"As the four children try to solve a Civil War mystery and find a cache of purportedly missing gold, they also confront a contemporary case of racism. Strong secondary characters, including Lou’s thrice-divorced flirtatious grandmother, help build the strong sense of small-town community. Tyre masterfully weaves historical details into Lou’s discoveries in ways that never feel facile, while deftly and satisfyingly resolving past and present puzzles." -- Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

“Louise Duncan Mayhew’s perspective in the 1860s is an intriguing contrast to Lou’s modern narration at the turn of the 21st century. . . . The story addresses injustice in plain language that is accessible to young readers who enjoy whodunits.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Tyre’s debut features characters that are believable in their naïveté and sense of invincibility. . . . Louise’s account of their summer adventures, with chapters headed by entries from a Civil War diary, should please middle-grade readers looking for a solid story with an intriguing historical connection.”—Booklist

“The characters are true to life. . . . In the midst of solving a Civil War–era mystery, Lou and her friends confront racism in their own time. Lou feels deeply and is single-minded in her pursuit of justice. A solid debut novel for middle graders who enjoy a blend of history and mystery.”—School Library Journal

You can buy LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS here:

Give Lisa shout of congratulations here and here.

To all three of these lovely, amazing clients -- Marcie, Sarah and Lisa -- CONGRATULATIONS!

STARRED REVIEW for THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES by Dana Middleton!

So happy to report that THE INFINITY YEAR OF AVALON JAMES has *starred review* attention from Kirkus Reviews!  They say:

"It’s Avalon’s 11th year—her Infinity Year—the brief period when she and her very best friend, Atticus, will discover and be able to use their shared magic power.

Or that’s what Atticus’ grandfather has told them, and the two credulous children believe him. It will be a year of excruciating challenges for Avalon (who, like Atticus, is depicted as a dark-haired white figure on the cover). Her father is in prison, and everyone in her small school is aware of her shame. She’s relentlessly bullied by classmate Elena and her pair of minions. Her beloved cat goes missing. A week later, Atticus dreams of where the cat may be trapped. When the dream turns out to be unfathomably correct, they’re both sure Atticus has acquired his magic. One of the few highlights of Avalon’s year is when she shares spelling-bee honors with a seventh grader and is bound for the regionals. Then she unwittingly reveals Atticus’ painful secret—that he wets the bed—and the story is shared schoolwide. Atticus abandons her; without his gentle, insightful support, Avalon retaliates against Elena with devastating consequences. All these painfully acquired life lessons are related in Avalon’s genial, evocative voice, convincingly illuminating many of the issues of a year that can offer infinite possibilities, even if the magic is imagined.


A fine, tenderly nuanced tale of the remarkable power of friendship."

I couldn't agree more!  Congratulations to debut author, Dana Middleton for this lovely review, and even lovelier book.  To see the full review, click here.

You can pre-order here:

To say congrats to Dana, visit her on twitter.





Announcing a Deal - SONG OF THE CURRENT by Sarah Tolcser

I'm so very pleased to announce the sale of Sarah Tolcser's SONG OF THE CURRENT.  This is an absolutely marvelous YA fantasy debut. If you like books set on the high sea, that include a daring, confident female main character, plenty of adventure and just enough romance -- then this is the book for you!  SONG OF THE CURRENT in the series is coming next year.


Please join me in congratulating author Sarah Tolcser and Catherine Onder at Bloomsbury Children's!

You can find Sarah here!

Announcing a Deal - Ruth Spiro's BABY LOVES THERMODYNAMICS! and BABY LOVES QUANTUM PHYSICS!

Hooray for BABY LOVES SCIENCE!  These genius books explain complicated science in the simplest of terms, perfect for baby and young readers (Moms and Dads may learn a thing or two as well).  The first two books in the series, pictured below, tackle Aerospace Engineering and Quarks.  I'm happy to announce the sale of the next two titles, BABY LOVES THERMODYNAMICS! and BABY LOVES QUANTUM PHYSICS!, also illustrated by Irene Chan, coming next Fall.

Please join me in congratulating author Ruth Spiro and Alyssa Pusey at Charlesbridge!




You'll find Ruth here, and Charlesbridge here.

HOORAY!



Announcing a Deal - JUNIPER LEMON'S HAPPINESS INDEX by Julie Israel

I'm so happy to announce the sale of Julie Israel's YA novel, JUNIPER LEMON'S HAPPINESS INDEX, in a two book deal to Kathy Dawson at Penguin Books for Young Readers!  This is a novel that made me cry as often as it made me cackle with laughter, and I can't wait for it to be out in the world for everyone to read -- that should be next summer.

Please join me in congratulating Julie and Kathy!


You can find Julie here, and Kathy here.

HOORAY!

Happy Publication Day to Amanda Ashby's DATING THE GUY UPSTAIRS!

New from Amanda Ashby, author of DATING THE GUY NEXT DOOR...

LIARS OR LOVERS?

Young librarian Riley Harris has always maintained her independence, leaving the drama of love to anyone silly enough to fall for it. Her Jane Austen novels are as close as she cares to get to “true love.” Luckily, her handsome upstairs neighbor—and landlord—Will Henderson feels the same way. 

Since his ex-fiancé crushed his heart, Will devotes himself to charity in an effort to atone for the misdeeds of his wealthy, ruthless father. So when Will needs a date for his brothers high-society wedding, he asks Riley to be his faux girlfriend. 

After a spontaneous kiss throws both Riley and Will for a loop, they find themselves fighting their mutual pride and prejudice against love. And when Riley is rocked by something from Will's past, both will need to decide whether to follow their heads or their hearts...


And don't miss the Amanda's January 2016 novel, DATING THE GUY UPSTAIRS, also available now.



Congratulations to Amanda Ashby!
You can find Amanda on Facebook and her own site.