The 15ers Happenings: November News

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RUBY REINVENTED THE SISTER PACT BLOOD AND SALT FOR THE RECORD THE YEARBOOK

3rd: RUBY REINVENTED by Ronni Arno
3rd: THE SISTER PACT by Stacie Ramey
3rd: BLOOD AND SALT by Kim Liggett
10th: FOR THE RECORD by Charlotte Huang
15th: THE YEARBOOK by Carol Masciola

RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES

24th: RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES by Kate McGovernan

 

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Several 15ers will be at Main Point Books Young Adult Extravaganza in Bryn Mawr, PA, on Sunday, Nov. 15th from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Authors include: Cordelia Jensen, Skyscraping; I.W. Gregorio, None of the Above; Marcy Beller Paul, Underneath Everything; Randy Ribay, An Infinite Number of Parallel Universes; and Sharon Huss Roat, Between the Notes.

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These same awesome fifteeners will also take front and center at The Doylestown Bookshop’s YA Author Panel in Doylestown, PA, on Saturday, Dec. 12th at 1:30pm.

Tessa Elwood with be on a fantasy panel at the ALAN workshop, on Monday, Nov 23rd from 2-2:30pm.

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones was chosen for the 2016-2017 Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List and for Amazon’s Best Books of the Year 2015: Ages 9-12!

THE FIX by Natasha Sinel won a FINALIST award in the 2015 USA Best Book Awards for the YA Fiction category!

INHERIT THE STARS by Tessa Elwood made the Indie Next List for teens for Winter 15/16.

 

tessaelwoodTessa Elwood designs sites, breathes da:i, & haunts highways in her dusty baby. Her YA, INHERIT THE STARS, arrives 12/2015 from Running Press.

The 15ers Happenings: October News

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6th: IT’S A WONDERFUL DEATH by Sarah J. Schmitt
6th: ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT by Ann Jacobus
16th: AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES by Randy Ribay

 

Of Interest
Watch the book trailer for AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES by Randy Ribay.

Also catch Randy Ribay on B&N’s YA Open Mic

Virginia Zimmerman has an ARC of THE ROSEMARY SPELL to giveaway on Goodreads.

 

Professional reviews
Ann Jacobus will be at the YALSA Young Adult Services Symposium Author Blitz in Portland on Saturday, Nov 7th.

Ronald Smith will present at the Louisiana Book Festival on Saturday, October 31st. Ronald also had a lovely interview with Baltimore’s NPR station.

Romancing the Dark in the City of Light by Ann Jacobus has lovely reviews from Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, and Booklist. From PW:

In her debut novel, Jacobus explores difficult topics including depression, alcoholism, death, and the reckless behavior that can accompany them. As Summer struggles with alcohol dependency and contemplates suicide, readers will grit their teeth in the hope that Moony will win the romantic tug-of-war with Kurt in time to help Summer see the light at the end of the tunnel.

AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES by Randy Ribay, and Mary Beller Paul’s UNDERNEATH EVERYTHING made Barnes & Noble Teen’s top 20 October YA releases list!

Natasha Sinel’s THE FIX was featured in VerveGirl Canada’s Books We Love section of their Back to School Fall Issue: “If you loved Looking For Alaska, check out…The Fix.” It also made Paste Magazine’s 21 of the Best New YA Books in September!

Virginia Zimmerman’s THE ROSEMARY SPELL has great reviews from Publishers Weekly (starred!), Kirkus, and Boolist. Says Kirkus:

Zimmerman invites readers into a layered and magical mystery across generations of literature. She deftly weaves the difficulty of loss into a tale of triumph, Rosemary’s strength of character keeping her buoyed through the emotional tumult she must navigate to save her friend.

Laurie McKay’s second book in her Last Dragon Charmer series, QUEST MAKER, has a lovely Kirkus review:

Zimmerman invites readers into a layered and magical mystery across generations of literature. She deftly weaves the difficulty of loss into a tale of triumph, Rosemary’s strength of character keeping her buoyed through the emotional tumult she must navigate to save her friend.

 

tessaelwoodTessa Elwood designs sites, breathes da:i, & haunts highways in her dusty baby. Her YA, INHERIT THE STARS, arrives 12/2015 from Running Press.

The 15th Happenings: September News

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The Fix Truest Burn Girl A 52-Hertz Whale Jillian Cade (Fake) Paranormal Investigator

1st: THE FIX by Natasha Sinel
1st: TRUEST by Jackie Lea Sommers
1st: BURN GIRL by Mandy Mikulencak
1st: A 52 -HERTZ WHALE by Natalie Tilghman and Bill Sommer
1st: JILLIAN CADE (FAKE) PARANORMAL INVESTIGATOR by Jen Klein

Dream Things True The Next Together Exit Stage Left The Dead House The Weight of Feathers

1st: DREAM THINGS TRUE by Marie Marquardt
3rd: THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James
8th: EXIT STAGE LEFT by Gail Nall
15th: THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich
15th: THE WEIGHT OF FEATHERS by Anna-Marie McLemore

Lock & Mori The Unquiet I Am Drums Secrets of the Dragon Tomb Dead Boy

15th: LOCK & MORI by Heather Petty
22nd: THE UNQUIET by Mikaela Everett
22nd: I AM DRUMS by Mike Grosso
22nd: SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB by Patrick Samphire
29th: DEAD BOY by Laurel Gale

 
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Susan Adrian sold her debut middle-grade, NUTCRACKED, to Random House for publication in Fall 2017!

Michelle H. Nagler and Jenna Lettice at Random House have aquired Susan Adrian’s NUTCRACKED, about a girl cast as the lead in the Nutcracker ballet, who is transported to a magical world every time she dances with an antique Nutcracker. Publication is set for fall 2017; Kate Schafer Testerman at KT Literary brokered the deal for world rights.

Fonda Lee sold her next YA science fiction novel to Scholastic for publication in spring 2017!

Jody Corbett at Scholastic has bought Fonda Lee’s untitled YA novel about a bio-enhanced teen soldier who must struggle for his freedom and the safety of the planet when he is taken hostage by an extremist group intent on overthrowing alien governance of Earth. Publication is set for spring 2017; Jim McCarthy at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management negotiated the deal for world rights.

 
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Cindy L. Rodriguez’s WHEN REASON BREAKS was featured in “Under the Covers,” a blog for the Hartford Public Library! And on Des Colores: The Raza Experience in Books for Children.

Randy Ribay has an awesome infinite playlist for his AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES.

 
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Fonda Lee won the Willamette Writers Up and Coming Award!

Erin Entrada Kelly will be on a panel at the Brooklyn Book Festival @ 3 p.m. on September 19th. It’s free!

Ann Jacobus’ ROMANCING THE DARK IN THE CITY OF LIGHT has a shiny Publishers Weekly review:

Summer can be bright-eyed and hopeful, her thoughts and dialogue funny, at times, despite the stubborn curtain of despair that hangs over her every move. As Summer struggles with alcohol dependency and contemplates suicide, readers will grit their teeth in the hope that Moony will win the romantic tug-of-war with Kurt in time to help Summer see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Randy Ribay is Geekadelphia’s Geek of the Week.

 

tessaelwoodTessa Elwood designs sites, breathes da:i, & haunts highways in her dusty baby. Her YA, INHERIT THE STARS, arrives 12/2015 from Running Press.

The 15th Happenings: August News

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Don't Vote for Me The Girl at the Center of the World Bleeding Earth The Temple of Doubt From Where I Watch You

4th: DON’T VOTE FOR ME by Krista Van Dolzer
4th: THE GIRL AT THE CENTER OF THE WORLD by Austin Aslan
4th: BLEEDING EARTH by Kaitlin Ward
4th: THE TEMPLE OF DOUBT by Anne Boles Levy
4th: FROM WHERE I WATCH YOU Shannon Grogan

 

Not After Everything The Dead House The Creeping

4th: NOT AFTER EVERYTHING by Michelle Levy
6th: THE DEAD HOUSE by Dawn Kurtagich
4th: THE CREEPING by Alexandra Sirowy

 
Of Interest
Shannon Grogan talks inspiration and plot at Writer Writer Pants on Fire.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman answers 4 questions and finishes 4 sentence starters at Watch. Connect. Read.

Angelica R. Jackson released A Compendium of the Faer Folke, an illustrated sampling of the Crow’s Rest world. It’s available on her blog to read and download for free!

Read an except of THE FIX by Natasha Sinel over at Divergent Gryffindor. Head over to Goodreads before the 18th to win your very own copy!

An arc of INHERIT THE STARS is also up for grabs at Forever Young Adult, just leave a comment with your favorite sci-fi technology before Aug 26th.

Win a copy of THE BODY INSTITUTE by Carol Riggs over at Goodreads until Aug 31st.

 
Professional reviews

Ronald L. Smith’s HOODOO was well regarded by Booklist:

Hoodoo’s first-person narrative, which flows beautifully, has an appealing natural cadence, punctuated with the tagline “if you didn’t know” whenever he describes something that might be unfamiliar to the reader. Through his protagonist, Smith demonstrates an eye for detail and a knack for evocative imagery as well as for telling a riveting story with a dollop of southern gothic appeal.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s BOOK SCAVENGER has had some lovely press lately, including a starred review from Shelf Awareness, an Amazon Best Books of the Year So Far 2015: Ages 9-12, and is a Junior Library Guild selection for Fall 2015.

Several fifteeners share their thoughts and words of wisdom this month on A BOOK AND A CHAT RADIO SHOW.

CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones has a shiny Booklist review:

Meet Clayton Stone: average seventh-grade student, above-average lacrosse player. Set in the moneyed suburbs of Northern Virginia, this book combines family and school drama with Nancy Drew–style precocious sleuthing.” And “. . . most will recognize his conflicts as he tries to incorporate the responsibilities of his new secret life with his responsibilities to his team and friends. Hand to readers who loved Stuart Gibbs’ Spy School series.

 

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

The 15th Happenings: July News

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Damage Done Hollywood Witch Hunter You and Me and Him

7th: YOU AND ME AND HIM by Kris Dinnison
20th: HOLLYWOOD WITCH HUNTER by Valerie Tejeda
28th: DAMAGE DONE by Amanda Panitch

 
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RAVENOUS by MarcyKate Connolly @The Class of 2k15

SECRETS OF THE DRAGON TOMB by Patrick Samphire @Random Musings of a Bibliophile

THE LAST DRAGON CHARMER #2: QUEST MAKER by Laurie McKay @HarperCollins Childrens

 
Of Interest
Ena JonesEna Jones has a pretty new site.

Kelly Jones answers 4 questions and 4 sentence starters at Watch. Connect. Read.

 
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MarcyKate Connolly’s MONSTROUS is a New England Book Awards Finalist!

UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones is still making lots of lists, including the Amazon’s Best Books of the Year So Far: Ages 9-12, the book of the week at the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, and was included in the Seattle Times’ “Sublime summer choices for readers.”

UNUSUAL CHICKENS also received a starred review from Shelf Awareness:

Jones takes readers into Sophie’s world with a series of funny, insightful letters. . .Readers will hope for more from irrepressible Sophie and this talented author.

 

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

The 15th Happenings: June News

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YOU'RE INVITED THE WITCH HUNTER THE EDGE OF FOREVER BOOK SCAVENGER SKYSCRAPING

May 19th: YOU’RE INVITED by Gail Nall and Jen Malone
2nd: THE WITCH HUNTER by Virginia Boecker
2nd: THE EDGE OF FOREVER by Melissa E. Hurst
2nd: BOOK SCAVENGER by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
2nd: SKYSCRAPING Cordelia Jensen

SECRET OF THE SEVENS SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE RAISING RUFUS THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE

8th: SECRET OF THE SEVENS by Lynn Lindquist
9th: SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE by Jen White
9th: RAISING RUFUS by David Fulk
9th: THE SACRED LIES OF MINNOW BLY by Stephanie Oakes
9th: LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca

MOTHMAN'S CURSE THE NIGHT WE SAID YES BETWEEN THE NOTES

16th: BETWEEN THE NOTES by Sharon Huss Roat
16th: MOTHMAN’S CURSE by Christine Hayes
16th: THE NIGHT WE SAID YES by Lauren Gibaldi

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AN INFINITE NUMBER OF PARALLEL UNIVERSES by Randy Ribay @YA Highway

Of Interest
Cindy L. Rodriguez discusses suicide and aftermath for Mental Health Awareness Month at Disability in Kidlit.

Angelica R. Jackson shares some bumps in her writing journey, talks research and writing, and about the crossover as a visual artist:

Melissa Hurst discusses publication and THE EDGE OF FOREVER at the Sweet Sixteens, and how pre-writing made her a better writing at Unleashing Readers.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman talks research and her favorite scene over at Littlest Bookshelf.

And! Jennifer’s launch party for BOOK SCAVENGER will be on July 1st at the Tattered Cover Book Store in Littleton, Colorado.

Attention Woodstock, Georgia! Becky Albertalli, Katie M. Stout, Gina Ciocca, and Melissa E. Hurst will be at the FoxTale Book Shoppe on June 30th.
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Hop over to Goodreads for a chance to win CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones.

Rachel A. Marks’ DARKNESS BRUTAL is #1 on Amazon’s Best Sellers in Teen & Young Adult Fantasy!

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booksUnusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones is making all kinds of lists, including the WNDB Summer Reading Series and Instructor Magazine’s 50 best books for summer. It was also the review of the day on SLJ’s Fuse #8.

Madeline Dyer’s UNTAMED was named among MurderMayhem&More’s Ripping Reads.

Latina magazine featured 7 Summer Beach Reads By Latino Authors, including WHEN REASON BREAKS by Cindy L. Rodriguez, SHUTTER by Courtney Alameda, MORE HAPPY THAN NOT by Adam Silvera, and THE GIRL AT MIDNIGHT by Melissa Grey.

Ena Jones’s CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE has a lovely review from Kirkus review:

Clayton’s endearing senses of loyalty to and responsibility for both family and friends is the undercurrent that gives this story depth and sets it apart from the rest.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for JUST A DROP OF WATER!

Melissa Hurst’s THE EDGE OF FOREVER made Paste Magazine’s 13 of the Best New YA Books in June.

 

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

The 15th Happenings: May News

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5th: TRACKED by Jenny Martin
5th: FREAKS OF NATURE by Wendy Brotherlin
5th: MATERIAL GIRLS by Elaine Dimopoulos
5th: THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING by Krista Van Dolzer
5th: EXTRAORDINARY by Miriam Spitzer Franklin

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12th: THE COST OF ALL THINGS by Maggie Lehrman
12th: 5 TO 1 by Holly Bodger
12th: CROW’S REST by Angelica R. Jackson
12th: UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER by Kelly Jones
19th: MADE YOU UP by Francesca Zappia

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19th: CONVICTION by Kelly Loy Gilbert
26th: TINY PRETTY THINGS by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

 
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Sheila Grau sold three books to Amulet/Abrams!

Sheila Grau’s next two books in the DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS series, following the continuing adventures of Runt Higgins as he searches for his true parents while training to be an ideal minion for Evil Overlords in need, again to Erica Finkel at Amulet, in a two-book deal, by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency (World English).

DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS author Sheila Grau’s THE BOY WITH SEVENTEEN SENSES, a reboot of Jack and the Beanstalk featuring a resourceful boy, a greedy neighbor, and a planet where every single inhabitant has synesthesia, to Erica Finkel at Amulet, by Molly Ker Hawn at The Bent Agency (World English).

 
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THE FIX by Natasha Sinel @YA Highway
DARKNESS BRUTAL by Rachel A. Marks @That Rachel

 
Of Interest
Fonda Lee discusses sports in speculative fiction over at Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing

Kelly Jones talks chickens and epistolary novels at The Sweet Sixteens.

Natasha Sinel explores rejection at Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire

 
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Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s BOOK SCAVENGER made several lists, including:
Indies Introduce— Indie Next Kids’ Top Ten Pick for Summer/Fall 2015
— Indies Introduce New Voice Finalist
— Publisher Weekly Best Summer Reads 2015 selection
— Scholastic Instructor 50 Best Books for the Summer list

Also, BOOK SCAVENGER will have two launch parties on the west coast! June 5th at Linden Tree Books in Los Altos, CA, and June 6th at Book Passage Bookstore in San Francisco, CA

Fonda Lee will be at the “YA-landia” Author Fair on June 6th, at the B&N Tanasbourne in Portland.

CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE by Ena Jones was featured among the BEA 2015: Can’t-Miss Kids’ Galleys!

Kelly Jones’ UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER is an Amazon Best Books for May (for ages 9-12).

 

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

The 15th Happenings: April News

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THE D'EVIL DIARIES SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA I AM HER REVENGE THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY None of the Above

2nd: THE D’EVIL DIARIES by Tatum Flynn
7th: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
7th: I AM HER REVENGE by Meredith Moore
7th: THE LOST MARBLE NOTEBOOK OF FORGOTTEN GIRL & RANDOM BOY by Marie Jaskulka
7th: NONE OF THE ABOVE by I.W. Gregorio

DATING DOWN ZEROBOXER DENTON LITTLE'S DEATHDATE THE WATER AND THE WILD

8th: DATING DOWN by Stefanie Lyons
8th: ZEROBOXER by Fonda Lee
14th: DENTON LITTLE’S DEATHDATE by Lance Rubin
14th: THE WATER AND THE WILD by K.E. Ormsbee
18th: ALICE IN WONDERLAND HIGH by Rachel Shane

BECOMING JINN AN EMBER IN THE ASHES GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT

21st: BECOMING JINN by Lori Goldstein
28th: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
28th: GROUNDED: THE ADVENTURES OF RAPUNZEL by Megan Morrison
28th: IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT by Jen Brooks
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Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s BOOK SCAVENGER will be published in Polish and Chinese, which makes 7 foreign languages total!

Tatum Flynn’s THE D’EVIL DIARIES has gone into a second printing!
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LESSON IN FALLING by Diana Gallagher @Icey Books

RULES FOR 50/50 CHANCES by Kate McGovern @The Hiding Spot

THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James, with a first chapter sneak peek @Queen of Contemporary

LEAD ME BACK HOME by Brandi Lynch @Branwrites

THE BODY INSTITUTE by Carol Riggs @Artzicarol Ramblings

Angelica R. Jackson shares the first two chapters of CROW’S REST, and released a video teaser:


Of Interest
Cindy L. Rodriquez talks about revision over at Cynsations, Emily Dickinson, Poetry, and her writing journey at Write All the Words, and offers a Q&A on Adventures at Book Junkie—plus a giveaway at Itching for Books!

Fonda Lee discuses envisioning the sport of zeroboxing at Michael Scifan’s site, shares 5 Things I Learning Writing ZEROBOXER at Chuck Wendig’s Terribleminds, and her favorite bits of ZEROBOXER at Mary Robinette Kowal’s site.
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Southen Kentucky Book FestGail Nall and K.E. Ormsbee will be at the Southern Kentucky Book Fest on April 17-18, and Gail will be signing books and doing a panel on Saturday, the 18th.

Mary McCoy will be signing at the LA Times Festival of Books on Sunday, April 19th.

Fonda Lee and Susan Adrian will be at the Barnes & Noble Clackamas in Tigard, OR on April 30th.

Jen Brooks’ launch party for IN A WORLD JUST RIGHT will be May 3rd at the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham in Hamilton, MA, and the public is welcome. View more appearances at her site.

Fonda Lee will also be the featured speaker at the SFWA Pacific Northwest Speaker series on May 5th and 7th.

Lori Goldstein, Jen Brooks, and Lee Kelly will be all over MA, NJ, and NH over this month and next during the Freshman Fifteens Spring Break Tour.

Freshman Fifteens Spring Break Tour

On April 4th, Cindy L. Rodriquez did a panel with Elizabeth Wein and Renée Watson for the Books of Wonder Great Teen Reads event.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s BOOK SCAVENGER has a nice Kirkus review, and a pretty Publisher’s Weekly star:

Full of heart and replete with challenging ciphers for readers to decode, Bertman’s debut is literary cousin to classic puzzlers like The Westing Game, and a story that values books and reading above other pursuits.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra’s JUST A DROP OF WATER made the 2015-2016 state reading list in Maine, and won the bronze medal in 2014 Florida Book Awards!

 

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

The 15th Happenings: March News

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Mosquitoland The Storyspinner Dead to Me Little Miss Evil DR. CRITCHLORE'S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS

3rd: MOSQUITOLAND by David Arnold
3rd: THE STORYSPINNER by Becky Wallace
3rd: DEAD TO ME by Mary McCoy
10th: LITTLE MISS EVIL by Kristy Shen & Bryce Leung
17th: DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS by Sheila Grau

Duplicity The Wrong Side of Right Under a Painted Sky That Makes You Blackbird Fly

17th: DUPLICITY by N.K. Traver
17th: THE WRONG SIDE OF RIGHT by Jenn Marie Thorne
17th: UNDER A PAINTED SKY by Stacey Lee
17th: EVERYTHING THAT MAKES YOU by Moriah McStay
24th: BLACKBIRD FLY by Erin Entrada Kelly

 

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THE UNQUIET by Mikaela Everett @Frenzy HCC Book Love

THE NEXT TOGETHER by Lauren James @Queen of Contemporary

THIS MONSTROUS THING by Mackenzi Lee @Epic Reads

Mackenzi also made an illustrated synopsis for THIS MONSTROUS THING!

Fonda Lee asks about fighting in zero gravity in her book trailer for ZEROBOXER!

 

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Free books! Sharon Huss Roat is holding a Goodreads giveaway through April 6th for BETWEEN THE NOTES.

Tatum Flynn is offering a shot at her THE D’EVIL DIARIES via Goodreads giveaway now through March 18th.

Cindy L. Rodriquez shares her creative space at Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s blog.

Tatum Flynn talks about process, illustration, and marketing at Writer, Writer, Pants on Fire.

 

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On April 5th, Cindy L. Rodriquez will be on the Great Teen Reads panel at Books of Wonder.

On June 20th, Books of Wonder in New York City will host a group of Fearless Fifteeners at a Teen Authors Spotlight:

Stop by and meet debut authors HOLLY BODGER (5 to 1), SONA CHARAIPORTA & DHONIELLE CLAYTON (Tiny Pretty Things), I.W. GREGORIO (None Of The Above), LAUREN GIBALDI (The Night We Said Yes), CORDELIA JENSEN (Skyscraping), SHARON HUSS ROAT (Between the Notes), and RACHEL SHANE (Alice in Wonderland High) as they share their first novels with Books of Wonder! Your teen readers won’t want to miss this fantastic, talent-packed event with these 8 wonderful up-and-coming authors!

Several Fifteeners will also be at the NYC Teen Author Festival this weekend, March 15-23.

 

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

The 15th Happenings: February News

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.