2015 Debut Middle Grade Authors

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Ronni Arno – RUBY REINVENTED
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Genre: MG Contemporary
Publisher: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
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Fears: Math, wasps, the mall.
Doesn’t Fear: Public speaking, childbirth, middle-schoolers.

Cam Baity  THE FIRST BOOK OF ORE: THE FOUNDRY’S EDGE (With Benny Zelkowicz)
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
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Fears: Dying before my release date.
Doesn’t Fear: Failure.

Cassie Beasley – CIRCUS MIRANDUS
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Dial Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Roaches, Daleks, and disappointing people.
Doesn’t Fear: Parrot bites.

Jennifer Chambliss Bertman – BOOK SCAVENGER
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Genre: MG Mystery
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books/Henry Holt/Macmillan
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Fears: Jellyfish. Sharks. Barney.
Doesn’t Fear: Earthquakes. Getting blood drawn or shots. Toddlers.

Emilie Christie Burack – THE RUNAWAY’S GOLD
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Genre: MG Historical Fiction
Publisher: Abrams/Amulet
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Fears: Cooking.
Doesn’t Fear: Delighting in what others have cooked.

Kerry O’Malley Cerra – JUST A DROP OF WATER
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Sky Pony Press/Skyhorse Publishing
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Fears: Alligators! (I should probably move.)
Doesn’t Fear: Dogs (love!), hard work.

Simon P. Clark – EREN (UK)/TELL THE STORY TO ITS END (US)
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Genre: MG Magical Realism
Publishers: Much-in-Little/Constable & Robinson (UK) and St. Martin’s/Macmillan (US)
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Fears: Boats. (If they’re too small. ON water’s fine. NEAR water’s not so great.)
Doesn’t Fear: Any animals. Heights. Eating entire cake by myself.

MarcyKate Connolly – MONSTROUS
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Genre: Upper MG Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
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Fears: Pelicans.
Doesn’t Fear: The dark (things in the dark on the other hand…).

Kent Davis – A RIDDLE IN RUBY
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Genre: MG Adventure
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
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Fears: Heights. Gearbeasts. Clowns.
Doesn’t Fear: Pratfalls.

Alison DeCamp – MY NEAR-DEATH ADVENTURES (99% TRUE)
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Genre: MG Humor
Publisher: Crown/Random House
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Fears: Moths and bathing suits. Not necessarily together.
Doesn’t Fear: The zombie apocalypse. My 15 y.o. has a plan.

Abi Elphinstone – THE DREAMSNATCHER
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Genre: MG Adventure
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Fears: Sharks and china dolls.
Doesn’t Fear: Abseiling into jungle caves, motorbiking through Burma, climbing huge trees, adventures, a challenge.

Tatum Flynn – THE D’EVIL DIARIES (BOOKS ONE AND TWO)
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Orchard Books/Hachette
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Fears: Ringu made me scared of televisions for WEEKS.
Doesn’t Fear: Change. Thanks, David Bowie.

Miriam Spitzer Franklin – EXTRAORDINARY
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
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Fears: My nightmares coming true.
Doesn’t Fear: Baby bunnies. Chocolate.

David Fulk – RAISING RUFUS
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Genre: MG Contemporary/Comic Fantasy
Publisher: Delacorte/Random House
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Fears: Writer’s block, gamma ray bursts, jelly on my neck (aaarrrrrgh!).
Doesn’t Fear: Tornadoes, Lady Gaga, big dinosaurs (small ones, well…).

Laurel Gale – DEAD BOY
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers/Random House
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Fears: Moths. Hippos. Heights. Caves. Bleach. Germs. Contradictions.
Doesn’t Fear: The dark, surprisingly. Snakes, as long as they’re not venomous. That’s about it.

Dan Gemeinhart – THE HONEST TRUTH
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Genre: MG Contemporary
Publisher: Scholastic Press
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Fears: Having my feet suddenly grabbed from below while swimming in dark water.
Doesn’t Fear: Lightning. Or wolves. Or fear itself.

Sheila Grau – DR. CRITCHLORE’S SCHOOL FOR MINIONS
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Amulet/Abrams
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Fears: Everything. I’m a mom and that’s my job.
Doesn’t Fear: Needles, snakes, flying, small spaces, or contradicting myself.

Mike Grosso – I AM DRUMS
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Genre: MG Contemporary
Publisher: Egmont USA
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Fears: Broken instruments, wearing ties, and really small spiders.
Doesn’t Fear: Trying new instruments, wearing colorful clothes, and really big spiders.

Frances Lee Hall – FRIED WONTON
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Egmont USA
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Fears: Earthquakes. Running out of time. Running out of food at a party I’m hosting.
Doesn’t Fear: Trying new recipes. Deadlines. Commitment.

Faith Harkey – GENUINE SWEET
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt
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Fears: Tall Buildings.
Doesn’t Fear: Leaping over tall buildings, preferably in a single bound.

Christine Hayes – THE MOTHMAN’S CURSE
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan
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Fears: Spiders, failure, and food with eyes, claws, or antennae.
Doesn’t Fear: Heights, spooky stories, or chasing dreams.

Ena Jones – CLAYTON STONE, AT YOUR SERVICE
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Genre: MG Suspense/Humor
Publisher: Holiday House
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Fears: Sitting in the passenger seat with a bad driver at the wheel. Socializing in/with a crowd of people I don’t know.
Doesn’t Fear: A good chef’s knife and a glass of wine.

Kelly Jones – UNUSUAL CHICKENS FOR THE EXCEPTIONAL POULTRY FARMER
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Genre: MG Magical Realism
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Fears: Fire, and crawdads/crayfish (anyone else with me on this??).
Doesn’t Fear: Flying.

Erin Entrada Kelly – BLACKBIRD FLY
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Genre: MG
Publisher: HarperCollins/Greenwillow
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Fears: Total darkness, complete silence, and the boogeyman. But especially being silently attacked by the boogeyman in complete and total darkness.
Doesn’t Fear: Rejection, revision, or cupcakes.

Constance Lombardo – MISTER PUFFBALL, STUNT CAT TO THE STARS
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Genre: MG Graphic Novel
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
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Fears: People asking me what I’m afraid of.
Doesn’t Fear: Frankenstein, vampires, or chihuahuas (unless they’re mean chihuahuas!).

Sarah McGuire – VALIANT
McGuire photo for FFGenre: MG Fantasy/Fairy Tale Retelling
Publisher: Egmont USA
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Fears: First drafts, Nazgûl (I left lights on the first time I read LOTR.), horror movies.
Doesn’t Fear: Storms, cemeteries, algebra, making mistakes while teaching (happens every day!).

Laurie McKay – THE LAST DRAGON CHARMER #1: VILLAIN KEEPER
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Fears: Roaches, centipedes, but mostly Styrofoam — it makes such terrible sounds and has such a horrible texture!!
Doesn’t Fear: Grumpy old dogs.

Gail Nall – BREAKING THE ICE
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Genre: MG Contemporary
Publisher: Aladdin/Simon & Schuster
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Fears: Creepy stop-motion movies (like Rudolph), and those dreams where all your teeth fall out.
Doesn’t Fear: Falling (on the ice, anyway), zip-lining, or flying.

K.E. Ormsbee – THE WATER AND THE WILD
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Fears: Deep water, my doppelgänger.
Doesn’t Fear: Vikings.

Susan Ross – KIKI AND JACQUES
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Holiday House
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Fears: Driving in New York City.
Doesn’t Fear: Climbing on slick rocks above the ocean.

Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung – LITTLE MISS EVIL
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Genre: MG
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
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Fears: Our inability to distinguish between cute and vicious animals.
Doesn’t Fear: Aw, it’s a puppy! Who’s a cute widdle puppy? Who’s a—OH GOD IT’S A SWARM OF BEES!

Ronald L. Smith – HOODOO
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Genre: MG Southern Gothic
Publisher: Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Fears: Giant rabbits, small towns, extremists.
Doesn’t Fear: Strange new foods, big cities, the blank page.

Lisa Lewis Tyre – LAST IN A LONG LINE OF REBELS
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Genre: MG Contemporary
Publisher: Nancy Paulsen Books/Penguin
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Fears: Sharks, impromptu rap battles.
Doesn’t Fear: Dying from over-exercising.

Krista Van Dolzer – THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING and DUEL/DUET
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Genres: MG Historical Science Fiction (THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING) and MG Contemporary (DUEL/DUET)
Publishers: G.P. Putnam’s Sons/Penguin Random House (THE SOUND OF LIFE AND EVERYTHING) and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky (DUEL/DUET)

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Fears: Shopping.
Doesn’t Fear: Robots. They may take over the world in books and movies, but they’re morons in real life.

Jen White – SURVIVAL STRATEGIES OF THE ALMOST BRAVE
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Genre: MG Contemporary
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux/Macmillan
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Fears: Wearing socks to bed, elevators, and fog.
Doesn’t Fear: Parasailing, the ocean, or Brussels sprouts.

Benny Zelkowicz – THE FIRST BOOK OF ORE: THE FOUNDRY’S EDGE (With Cam Baity)
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Genre: MG Fantasy
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion
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Fears: Running out of time.
Doesn’t Fear: Slipping down the shower drain.

Virginia Zimmerman – THE ROSEMARY SPELL
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Genre: MG Magical Realism
Publisher: Clarion Books
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Fears: Crowds, camel crickets.
Doesn’t Fear: Starting over.

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