The 15th Happenings: February News

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City of Savages Red Butterfly Shutter Villain Keeper Scripted

3rd: CITY OF SAVAGES by Lee Kelly
3rd:RED BUTTERFLY by A.L. Sonnichsen
3rd: SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda
3rd: VILLAIN KEEPER by Laurie McKay
5th: SCRIPTED by Maya Rock

Seven Days Monstrous My Heart & Other Black Holes One of the Guys When Reason Breaks

5th: SEVEN DAYS by Eve Ainsworth
10th: MONSTROUS by MarcyKate Connolly
10th: MY HEART AND OTHER BLACK HOLES by Jasmine Warga
10th: ONE OF THE GUYS by Lisa Aldin
10th: WHEN REASON BREAKS by Cindy L. Rodriguez

The Distance Between Lost & Found My Near-Death Adventures Vendetta Dreamsnatcher

17th: THE DISTANCE BETWEEN LOST AND FOUND by Kathryn Holmes
24th: MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES by Alison DeCamp
24th: VENDETTA by Catherine Doyle
26th: THE DREAMSNATCHER by Abi Elphinstone

 

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Gail Nall sold a new MG to Aladdin/S&S:

BREAKING THE ICE author Gail Nall’s OUT OF TUNE, about a girl who aspires to win a spot on Nashville’s newest country music reality show, but whose parents sell their house and move the family into an RV to travel the country, leading her to hatch a plan to find her own way home in time for auditions, to Amy Cloud at Aladdin, for publication in 2016, by Julia Alexandra Weber at J. A. Weber Literary Agency (World).

Fonda Lee’s short story, “Universal Print,” is featured in Crossed Genres magazine’s February issue.

 

covers
DROWNING IS INEVITABLE by Shalanda Stanley @Bookish Broads

THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich
@NOVL for the US, & @Fierce Fiction for the UK

THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Melissa Hurst @Icey Books

ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus @YA Highway

THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore @Barnes & Noble

Abi Elphinstone’s THE DREAMSNATCHER

Angelica R. Jackson’s CROW’S REST

 

Of Interest
Shallee McArthur shows off her office desk R2D2 and Maggie Hall shares her pretty writing closet over at Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s blog.

Cindy L. Rodriguez explores depress in YA and the Latin@ community at Latin@s in Kid Lit.

 

Professional reviews
THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer, MONSTROUS by MarcyKate Connolly and CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert are Junior Library Guild selections for 2015.

Cindy L. Rodriguez discusses the hardest part about being a teen and if you really know what your teen is thinking with WNPR News.

15ers shine on the Diverse Debuts panel @ ALA MW:

ALA MW Diversity Panel

(Flyer designed by Miranda Paul)

Fonda Lee was also on ALA MW’s Dark Fantasy & Science Fiction panel.

 

VOYA called Fonda Lee’s ZEROBOXER “an intense, smart, and action-packed read,” while Kirkus says:

More interestingly, the book focuses on ethical issues such as the genetic modifications humans undertook to begin living on Mars and promotes social awareness, focusing on Carr’s humble beginnings and his still-impoverished young friend, Enzo. It all adds up to a superior sci-fi outing that doesn’t need mad scientists to provide suspense.

 

Kelly Jones’ UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER received starred reviews from both Kirkus and the School Library Journal. Kirkus notes:
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A delightful protagonist, interesting fowl of various breeds and a cast of appealing second-string characters make this a top pick for young readers, poultry fanciers or not.

 

Kerry Cerra’s JUST A DROP OF WATER was named to VOYA’s Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers’ 2014 list:

Running means the world to inseparable friends Jake and Sam—until September 11th opens the gulf between them…Two boys have maturity thrust upon them in this deeply engaging and thoughtful book.

JUST A DROP OF WATER also won the Bronze Medal in the Florida Book Awards!

 

BustleBustle listed 15 Of February 2015’s Best YA Books To Get You Through The Snowy, Cold Weather, including books by Courtney Alameda, Jasmine Warga, Lee Kelly, Victoria Aveyard, Kathryn Holmes, and Cindy L. Rodriguez.

 

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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