In this first book in the Secrets of the Pied Piper trilogy, Cody (Villainous) seeks to answer some of the mysteries surrounding the famous legend. Did it actually happen? Who was this enigmatic piper? And what became of the children he led away? The book opens with 10-year-old Carter and his older sister, Max, reacting very differently to their trip to the German town of Hamelin, where their father is researching the folktale. Despite his clubfoot, Carter wants to explore with his sister, while Max would rather sulk and dye her hair pink. After the siblings are magically transported to an enchanted island where the long-missing children from the tale still live, they must embark on a perilous journey to fulfill a prophecy in hopes of returning everyone home. Shifting among various characters’ perspectives, this engaging story introduces a world filled with human-size rats, magicians, kobolds, elves, ghosts, and more. Cody weaves an inventive fantasy that spans time and space in its exploration of the lighter and darker sides of magic. Ages 8–12. Agent: Kate Schafer Testerman, KT Literary. (Oct.)
Sweet! And did you see that fabulous blurb on the cover from Adam Gidwitz? “The Peddler’s Road begins as a creepy fairy tale-mystery and then explodes into a wild fantasy adventure… Cody has begun what promises to be an epic trilogy.”
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Congrats to Susan Adrian, author of Tunnel Vision, whose next book, the middle grade magical realism novel NUTCRACKED, just sold to Random House Children’s Books!
I love this story, which is reminiscent of classic middle grade novels like Ballet Shoes and features amazing family dynamics like Hilary McKay’s Casson family stories. Here’s how I originally pitched it — I look forward to sharing more information with you about this title as we get closer to pub!
Since her grandfather first took her to see The Nutcracker, Georgie has wished to be cast as Clara in her ballet company’s annual Christmas production, but when it actually happens, it’s not at all as she’d hoped. Her best friend won’t talk to her, her grandfather is in the hospital, and every time she holds her teacher’s antique nutcracker in her arms while she dances, she goes somewhere else. Somewhere dangerous. Somewhere with massive Christmas trees, a three-headed mouse king, and row of toy soldiers bigger than her. With advice from a new friend, and a chance to mend bridges with her BFF, can she help the Nutcracker prince break the spell before the curtain goes up?
Thanks to everyone who entered our Back to School Giveaway last week. Winners are being notified, and books are ready to be mailed! As promised, I have another giveaway ready to go, this one open to everyone in the US.
On a research mission to deep space, a girl makes bold and terrifying choices.
Miyole forged her papers to work on the Ranganathan, a 128,000-acre research-and-development ship. She’s 16, not the required 18, but she’s always wanted to travel into space and was impatient to leave Mumbai, where she was taunted as “the darkest” and “the exotic outlier” because she’s Haitian, not Indian. Onboard, she bioengineers bees and butterflies to pollinate terraformed planets. Then life takes a sharp turn: pirates attack a nearby spacecraft, and Miyole meets a girl named Cassia. Making the stunning decision to steal a shuttle so she and Cassia can pursue the pirates who kidnapped Cassia’s brother, Miyole pilots them into deep space. As they bargain with unsavory dealers, visit a frozen moon’s underwater settlements, and discover horrifying things, Miyole battles post-traumatic stress from an early-life catastrophe, including flashbacks that will be especially meaningful to readers who saw that tragedy unfold in Salvage (2014). Connections among her personal history, her ancestral history (the real-life Haitian Revolution; the science-fictional destruction, centuries ago, of Haiti by floods), and the atrocities she discovers in deep space are meaningful and well-wrought, as is the portrayal of Miyole’s tender and bumpy romance with Cassia.
Unpredictable plot, vivid settings, and a queer, dark-skinned black girl as a protagonist in far-future science fiction: essential.
And I’m thrilled to share Alexa’s awesome book trailer as well. Check it:
And so to celebrate, this week I’m giving away THREE set of books and swag — each winner will receive a galley of Sound along with a hardcover copy of Salvage. Already read Salvage? No worries! Give the copy to a friend and get ‘em hooked, while you read Sound before it’s released in September!
Want one more tease? Oh, all right…
To enter, leave a comment and let us know your favorite scifi book, tv show, or movie! I will do my best not to be swayed by people who respond with Firefly or Serenity, although either is, of course, the correct answer. To ensure my lack of bias, winners will be chosen by a random number generator.
Kristie Betts Letter is an award-winning high school teacher who writes for young adults when not in direct conversation with them. She’s published a guide to teaching reading and short stories in The Massachusetts Review, Washington Square, The North Dakota Quarterly, et al.
A huge congratulations to USA Today bestselling author Juliana Stone whose BARKER TRIPLETS trilogy sold audio rights to Audible this week!
From Publishers Marketplace:
USA Today bestselling author Juliana Stone’s Barker Triplets contemporary romance trilogy including OFFSIDE, COLLIDE, CONCEAL, and the BARKER FAMILY CHRISTMAS, each following three sisters who live in a small town, wreak havoc and fall in love, to Lee Jarit at Audible, in a nice deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.
“Juliana Stone’s contemporary romance is a wonderfully entertaining and, at times, heart-wrenching read.”
— Cocktails and Books
“I loved this book! Can’t wait for more from Juliana Stone!”
— Molly O’Keefe, bestselling author of Can’t Buy Me Love
Sara and I are happily settled into our new office, with bookshelves assembled and loaded with copies of all of our fabulous authors’ books. So many copies, in fact, that we’re giving some away! In the spirit of Back to School, we’re preparing two special boxes for two amazing teachers or librarians out there: one full of middle grade galleys and finished copies (and maybe some sweet swag), and another of young adult galleys and books (and maybe swag).
Want to be in the running to grab a box? Leave a comment below with some information about you — if you’re a teacher or librarian, what grade(s) and/or subject(s), plus your favorite story about a student and a book.
Sara and I will go through all of the comments and pick a winner for the boxes on Friday, August 21st Monday, August 24th, so get those comments in! And please share this post with any other teachers or librarians you know, so we can help to get even more kids reading some great books!
Please help us celebrate with New York Times bestselling author Jason M. Hough whose epic science fiction spy adventure ZERO WORLD releases today!
Publishers Weekly gave it this starred review, “This massive brick of a science fiction thriller smashes The Bourne Identity together with The End of Eternity to create a thrilling action rampage that confirms Hough (the Dire Earth Cycle) as an important new voice in genre fiction.”
And New York Times bestselling author Kevin Hearne gave a review with his own spin, “DO YOU LIKE ACTION I MEAN YEAH WHO DOESN’T THEN BOY HOWDY YOU GOTTA READ THIS…There are science bits! Aliens! An interesting accounting system involving beer! But mostly reading a Jason Hough book is like SKPOW BAM KABLOOIE then whoa wait holy shit dude no augggh BOOM SPLORTCH EEK I can’t find my legs what happened to my legs SPAK THUNK CRUNCH hey wait are they gonna kiss now all riiiiight oh but pardon me is that a Death Zeppelin or KRAKA-CHOOM WHUMP SHLIK oh gods it’s that thing I told you about! RUN! RUN! And then it gets really exciting.”
Published in rapid succession, Jason M. Hough’s first three novels, The Darwin Elevator, The Exodus Towers, and The Plague Forge, earned mountains of praise and comparisons to such authors as James S. A. Corey and John Scalzi. Now Hough returns with a riveting near-future spy thriller that combines the adrenaline of a high-octane James Bond adventure with mind-blowing sci-fi speculations worthy of Christopher Nolan’s Inception.
Technologically enhanced superspy Peter Caswell has been dispatched on a top-secret assignment unlike any he’s ever faced. A spaceship that vanished years ago has been found, along with the bodies of its murdered crew—save one. Peter’s mission is to find the missing crew member, who fled through what appears to be a tear in the fabric of space. Beyond this mysterious doorway lies an even more confounding reality: a world that seems to be Earth’s twin.
Peter discovers that this mirrored world is indeed different from his home, and far more dangerous. Cut off from all support, and with only days to complete his operation, Peter must track his quarry alone on an alien world. But he’s unprepared for what awaits on the planet’s surface, where his skills will be put to the ultimate test—and everything he knows about the universe will be challenged in ways he never could have imagined.
A host of the sharpest young adult authors come together in this collection of terrifying tales and psychological thrillers. Each author draws from a mix of literature, film, television, and music to create something new and fresh and unsettling. Clever readers will love teasing out the references and can satisfy their curiosity at the end of each tale, where the inspiration is revealed. There are no superficial scares here; these are stories that will make you think even as they keep you on the edge of your seat. From blood horror, to the supernatural, to unsettling, all-too-possible realism, this collection has something for anyone looking for an absolute thrill.
A. G. Howard
Nova Ren Suma
April Genevieve Tucholke
“If your idea of an excellent summer night is telling ghost stories around the campfire, you’ll be jumping for (horrific) joy over Slasher Girls & Monster Boys.”— Bustle
Follow the twitter hashtag #SlasherGirlsAndMonsterBoys to say congratulations, cheers and…BOO!
I had a wonderful two weeks off on Whidbey Island in Washington State, and was delighted to come back to so much great news about my clients. There’s tons to share, so let’s get going!
First of all congratulations to Elizabeth Briggs, whose debut young adult novel FUTURE SHOCK, being published by Albert Whitman Books in April 2016, just got not one, but two great early blurbs! As follows:
“Buckle up–FUTURE SHOCK is a full-throttle thrill ride of a murder mystery. With twists at every turn, Elizabeth Briggs will keep you guessing until the very last page.”
– Karen Akins, author of LOOP and TWIST
“A thrilling page-turner that’ll keep you guessing until the very end!” – Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated and Starflight series.
And there’s even more good news to come. Stay tuned!
Congratulations to Emmie Mears whose debut urban fantasy series sold audio rights to Audible!
Emmie Mears is an author, an actress and a fangirl. She was recently interviewed in Huffington Post about her journey through publishing and it’s a fascinating interview. “Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops…” read the whole article here.
What is the Ayala Storme series? An incredible, whirlwind urban fantasy series with a kick-ass heroine and vicious monsters. Start with Book #1 and you’ll never stop reading. So amazing!
STORM IN A TEACUP, Book #1
Mediator Ayala Storme kills demons by night and handles PR by day. She avoids Mediator luncheons and a fellow Mediator who’s been trying to get in her pants for years. She does her job. She keeps her sword clean and her body count high. But when a rash of disappearances leads her to discover that Nashville’s hellkin are spawning a new race of monster on human hosts, Ayala will be the first line of defense against these day-walking killers. That is, until one of them saves her life. Dodging the Mediators and the demons alike, Ayala’s new knowledge of the hybrids’ free will challenges everything she’s ever known about her job. Racing the clock and trying to outrun her comrades and enemies alike, she’s not sure who will catch her first…
From Publishers Marketplace:
Emmie Mears’s STORM IN A TEACUP, ANY PORT IN A STORM, and TAKEN BY STORM, the first three in her debut urban fantasy series about a Mediator who kills demons by night and handles PR by day, to Lee Jarit at Audible, in a nice deal, by Sara Megibow of kt literary.
Congratulations Emmie! Very excited for readers to get their hands on these audio books!
Congratulations to Alis Franklin whose third urban fantasy novel has been acquired by Hydra/ Random House!
From Publishers Marketplace:
Digital: Fiction: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Author of LIESMITH Alis Franklin’s BAD MEME, the next installment in her WRYDTOUCHED series in which Lain and Sigmund return from Asgard to hunt a meme giving their citizens paranoid delusions, to Sarah Peed at Hydra, by Sara Megibow of kt literary (World).
Alis’s first book, LIESMITH, was given this outstanding review at Library Journal, “In this wildly entertaining debut novel, Australian author Franklin has kicked off what’s sure to be a popular series. Fractured, funny, and fast-paced, this book is guaranteed to resonate with fans of mythopoeic fantasy from the likes of J.R.R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, and Neil Gaiman.”