Some people may think that the number 13 is unlucky, but not those of us at The Lucky 13s!
In fact, we're celebrating the 13th day of each month by featuring all the fabulous stuff that's been happening to The Lucky 13s.
Please raise a glass to our super-awesome-bomb-diggity news....
Stephanie Kuehn sold her second book. The Publisher Marketplace listing reads:
Author of the forthcoming CHARM & STRANGE, Stephanie Kuehn's second YA novel, COMPLICIT, about a young man who is forced to deal with the murky memories of his childhood and confront his dark past when his sister comes back to town; memories that may or may not be real, again to Sara Goodman at St. Martin's, by Michael Bourret at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (NA).
April Tucholke's BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA sold subrights to the UK, to Faber & Faber.
Ryan Graudin's ALL THE GLOWS has a release date...February 11, 2014.
Amanda Sun sold Danish right for INK to Tellerup Forlag and Spanish rights to Oz Editorial.
Eve Silver's RUSH got a review from Kirkus:
"The battle scenes are visceral and taut. The intricate, multilayered plot is inventive...Mind candy for those teen readers who love the thrill of the game."
Emma Trevayne sold French rights to Panini for CODA.
Christina Farley has a new website and Facebook page.
Peggy Eddleman has a new Facebook page.
GONE FISHING by Tamera Will Wissinger hit the Vero Beach Book Center’s Children’s Best Seller List holding the #1 or #2 slot since its release on March 5!
GONE FISHING recently received a nice review from Booklist:
"Engaging verse that's just the right depth and length for chapter-book readers. . . A solid, entertaining story to hook children on poetry."
Also, GONE FISHING made an appearance in the March/April 2013 issue of Horn Book Magazine in honor of National Poetry Month as a notable novel in verse:
“Poems of varied forms describe the fishing trio’s day: preparation, techniques (“Heeere, fishy, fishy, fishy…”) frustrations (Lucy’s winning eight to… / none”) and eventual triumphs. Cordell’s buoyant illustrations are a natural fit for the upbeat verse.”
In April, Tamera is celebrating National Poetry Month with a variety of online and in person events.
Lindsey Scheibe's RIPTIDE a good review in Kirkus:
“This debut about a surfer girl delves into hidden child abuse and scores with strong characterizations. ... The emotions of both teens come across as realistic, and the difficulties they encounter ring true as well. ... Solid.”
Mindy Raf's THE SYMPTOMS OF MY INSANITY recently received great reviews from Kirkus and Booklist:
“Self-deprecating humor, plenty of female support and a chance for real romance. A female Woody Allen for the teenage set”
“Hilarious . . . It’s a generous book, overstocked with characters and dialogue, and it should succeed in putting any reader’s problem into a wider, and funnier, perspective.”
Lindsay Ribar's THE ART OF WISHING got an excellent review from Bookpage:
"Full of pop-culture references and teenage neologisms, Lindsay Ribar's debut novel combines a fun, peppy tone with reflections on deeper issues about the nature of love . . . and what people (and genies) will do in its name. The first in a planned trilogy, The Art of Wishing is a thoroughly modern—and thoroughly enjoyable—take on ancient legends of wish-granting genies." (Full review here.)
Elisabeth Dahl's GENIE WISHES is out. The Nerdy Book Club said:
"Genie Wishes will go into the group of books I recommend to my students when they want books about 'real life with real kids.' I loved so much about this book but the friendship issue in particular was well handled." (Full review here.)
Elisabeth Dahl's GENIE WISHES and J.J. Howard's THAT TIME I JOINED THE CIRCUS made the Children's Book Council's list of Hot Off the Press titles for April 2013.
Emily Murdoch's IF YOU FIND ME has entered its second printing after only nine days and sold to Italy.
J. R. Johansson, author of INSOMNIA, sold a second book:
INSOMNIA author J.R. Johansson's untitled new book, in which a seventeen year old barely escapes her abusive parents and creates a new identity that is quickly compromised when her attempt to save a young girl attracts a deadly stalker, to Janine O'Malley at Farrar, Straus Children's, in a very nice deal, at auction, in a two-book deal, by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency (World).
And some key lines from INSOMNIA's Kirkus Review:
"Parker’s plight will convince readers, although they will not know if he’s innocent or psychotic until the final pages. The ending sets up the sequel in what promises to be an interesting new series. The premise combines with the tension resulting from Parker’s psychological quandary to keep pulses pounding."
Cat Winters' IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS received its second starred review, this time from Booklist:
“More than anything, this is a story of the breaking point between sanity and madness, delivered in a straightforward and welcoming teen voice.”
Elizabeth Ross's historical fiction, BELLE EPOQUE, will be published in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and India by HOT KEY BOOKS! And in France by LAFFONT and in Italy by RIZZOLI.
And check out these new covers! Woo-wee!
Woo-hoo, Lucky 13s!