The 15th Happenings: January News


Launch Days

Breaking the Ice The Conspiracy of Us The Honest Truth Playlist for the Dead Tunnel Vision

13th: BREAKING THE ICE by Gail Nall
13th: THE CONSPIRACY OF US by Maggie Hall
20th: TUNNEL VISION by Susan Adrian
27th: PLAYLIST FOR THE DEAD by Michelle Falkoff
27th: THE HONEST TRUTH by Dan Gemeinhart
Erin Entrada Kelly signed a two-book deal with Greenwillow

Author of the forthcoming BLACKBIRD FLY, Erin Entrada Kelly’s ALMOST VIRGIL, about a superstitious boy who finds his inner strength, and YOU WERE HERE, about a troubled girl who aspires to be a Scrabble champion, again to Virginia Duncan at Greenwillow, in a very nice deal, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger.

Gail Nall sold to Harper Teen Impulse:

Gail Nall’s EXIT STAGE LEFT, about a teenage girl who’s known theater is her destiny ever since she was cast as the apple in her kindergarten production of The Food Pyramid, but when her best friend wins the lead role in their high school musical, the curtains close on her dream and she decides to reinvent herself, to Annie Berger at Harper Teen Impulse, for publication in 2015, by Julia Alexandra Weber at J.A. Literary Agency.

Fonda Lee sold a short science fiction story to Crossed Genres magazine for their February issue, which is themed “Betrayal.”

Kerry O’Malley Cerra’s JUST A DROP OF WATER has gone into a second printing.


SILVER EVE by Sandra Waugh @YA Book Central
THE D’EVIL DIARIES by Tatum Flynn @YA Yeah! Yeah!


Of Interest
Cindy Rodiguez shares her love of LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES by Alexis Bass and MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga

Mackenzie Lee discusses debut submission at Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

Kerry O’Malley Cerra is a FL SCBWI success story

Angelica R. Jackson shares urban fantasy resources from her recent panel, including video highlights:


Professional reviews
Fonda Lee’s ZEROBOXER and Erin Entrada Kelly’s BLACKBIRD FLY are Junior Library Guild selections for 2015.

BLACKBIRD FLY received starred reviews from Kirkus and School Library Journal.

Each character in Kelly’s debut novel—the mean kids, the misfits, the adults and Apple herself—is portrayed with remarkable authenticity. The awkwardness and intense feelings inherent to middle school are palpable.

Melody Maysonet’s A WORK OF ART has a pretty Kirkus star:

Maysonet’s…prose is unflinching as it illuminates one girl’s traumatic experience with deeply felt compassion and brutal honesty, inviting readers into a very dark place that nonetheless has edges gilded with resilience and hope. An important book about endings, beginnings and the choice to move on.

16huffpostFifteeners shine on the Huffington Post’s 16 Of The Most Anticipated YA Debuts Due Out In The First Half Of 2015
& also on Elizabeth Bird’s Librarian Preview of Harper Collins


tessaelwoodTessa Elwood designs sites & haunts various highways in her four-wheeled baby. Her YA, INHERIT THE STARS, arrives 12/2015 from Running Press.

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