Happy Book Birthday to Jacqueline West’s THE COLLECTORS

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Today is the day THE COLLECTORS, Jacqueline West’s haunting middle grade novel, hits the shelves. This is a story about what happens when our wildest wishes really do come true.

Van has always been an outsider. Most people don’t notice him. But he notices them. And he notices the small trinkets they drop, or lose, or throw away—that’s why his collection is full of treasures. Then one day, Van notices a girl stealing pennies from a fountain, and everything changes. He follows the girl, Pebble, and uncovers an underground world full of wishes and the people who collect them. Apparently not all wishes are good and even good wishes often have unintended consequences—and the Collectors have made it their duty to protect us. But they aren’t the only ones who have their eyes on the [more]

I’m over the moon to announce that Jacqueline West’s stunningly spooky new YA, LAST THINGS, will be published in 2019 by Martha Mihalick at Greenwillow books. You’ll find it in your favorite bookstore in summer of 2019.  You won’t want to miss this one!

Anders Thorson’s band, Last Things, is on the verge of stardom. While Anders shines onstage, Thea Malcolm hides among the crowds, watching his every move. At first, Anders thinks she’s just an obsessive fan, but Thea knows the truth about his talents: that Anders made a bargain with something dark and powerful, and the darkness is quickly closing in.

Many congratulations to Jacqueline!

 

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Today I’m delighted to celebrate, Upstart Crow Literary client, Stephanie Ledyard’s marvelous picture book debut, Pie is for Sharing. Editor extraordinaire, Neal Porter & I did a joint picture book intensive at The Writing Barn where we met Stephanie and fell in love with her work. Since Pie *is* for sharing, we happily both signed on to work with Stephanie on this lovely and lyrical manuscript. Illustrator, Jason Chin’s radiant illustrations bring the sense of community and inclusivity to life in a way that feels as satisfying as a slice of homemade pie. But you don’t have to take my word for it, this book has garnered FOUR starred reviews!

★”This idyllic, joyously inclusive picture book takes an ordinary concept—sharing— and makes it extraordinary.” —Horn Book

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I am so delighted to wish Upstart Crow Literary client, Cate Berry, a very happy pub day for her debut picture book, Penguin & Tiny Shrimp Don’t Do Bedtime! This book is a pure joy to read and hear. In fact, when I first heard Cate read an earlier version aloud at a picture book intensive weekend at the Writing Barn, I *HAD* to sign her as my client.

I mean…come on…watch this…

If you’re local to Texas you can catch Cate at a bunch of upcoming events. If you’re not Texas local (or can’t wait to score your own copy of the book that Publishers Weekly called a “a buoyantly subversive anti bedtime tale” and Kirkus said is “a definite do for bedtime” pick up a copy wherever you love to shop for [more]

Instant Pot fans, today is the day!  THE INSTANT POT NO-PRESSURE COOKBOOK, Laurel Randolph’s follow up to her runaway bestseller, The Instant Pot Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook , is on sale today from St. Martin’s Press.

This book takes readers beyond the boring basics, providing delicious and unique recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, such as:

Spiced Banana Steel-Cut Oats

Shakshuka with Harissa and Feta Cheese

Vietnamese Brisket Tacos

Biryani with Currants and Cashews

 

Whatever your pleasure, this book has you covered. Pick up your copy here and here, or at your favorite cookbook retailer.  Congratulations, Laurel!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Happy book release day to Beth Hautala and her wonderful middle grade novel, THE OSTRICH AND OTHER LOST THINGS.

Eleven-year-old Olivia Grant has a knack for finding lost things. She can find lost rings, pets, and even her elderly neighbor’s misplaced glasses. There’s only one thing Olivia has never been able to find–her brother Jacob’s toy ostrich. It wasn’t until the day Jacob lost his ostrich that Olivia noticed how different he was: Jacob is autistic, and though she’s his little sister, Olivia often feels like the older of the pair, his caretaker. In fact, apart from being Jacob’s sister, Olivia’s not really sure who she is.

So when summer break begins, and the local community theater announces auditions for an all children’s production of her favorite show, Peter Pan, Olivia jumps at the [more]

I’m over the moon to wish Adam Smyer’s KNUCKLEHEAD a happy book birthday!

In Knucklehead we meet Marcus Hayes, a black law student who struggles, sometimes unsuccessfully, with the impulse to confront everyday bad behavior with swift and antisocial action. The cause of this impulse is unknown to him.

When Marcus unexpectedly becomes involved with the brilliant and kind Amalia Stewart, her love and acceptance pacify his demons. But when his demons return, he is no longer inclined to contain them.

 

You can pick up your copy from the Akashic Books website or from Amazon.

Congratulations, Adam!

 

 

★“This book is bold in how it treats the reader as an insider to the reality of American blackness. It can be, in turns, lyrically poignant, cynical, hilarious, and infuriating.” —Foreword Reviews, … [more]

Happy book birthday to Christina Mandelski’s THE FIRST KISS HYPOTHESIS!

She thinks love is a chemical reaction. He thinks her theory is unstable.

Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted [more]

 

I’m thrilled to announce that Matt Myklusch’s (author of the Jack Blank and Seaborne series) newest middle grade series, MAJESTIC: THE MAGICIAN’S ASSISTANT, has sold to Liesa Abrams at Aladdin. It’s fun, it’s fast paced, and it’s about what happens when we allow ourselves to believe in the power of good old fashioned magic.

Joey Kopecky isn’t smartest 12-year-old in the state of New Jersey. But everyone thinks he is. So when Joey’s perfect test scores and ability to “see through tricks” get him out of summer school and qualify him to try out for a job at the Majestic Theater working for Redondo the Magnificent, he is thrilled.

Joey wants the job, but he’s not the only one applying. He will face competition from children who come from all around the world.

Joey

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Today is the official publication day of Jacqueline West’s riveting YA novel, DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. Jacqueline is author of the NYT bestselling middle grade series, The Books of Elsewhere, and DREAMERS is her first foray into the YA genre, and she’s done a smashing job of it, too.

“Engrossing . . . A dizzying new twist on one of the Bard’s most famous plays.”

DreamersOftenLie_cv copyDREAMERS is Black Swan meets Shakespeare–a twisty, enthralling story of one girl’s brush with madness:

After a skiing accident that fractures her skull, Jaye is left with a splitting headache and strong delusions. Jaye must keep these delusions secret from her family, doctors, and everyone at school in order to keep her starring part in the school production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream — even though visions of Shakespeare and [more]