Friday, June 14, 2013

The 13th Day: Super-Awesome-Bomb-Diggity News

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.... 

Rachele Alpine's CANARY was reviewed in Kirkus.  They said:
"Overall, a sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family. (Fiction. 14-18)"

Elizabeth Ross' BELLE EPOQUE released June 11th from Delacorte/Random House Children's Books and sold foreign rights in Brazil.

Amy Christine Parker (GATED), Peggy Eddleman (SKY JUMPERS), and Cristin Terrill (ALL OUR YESTERDAYS) were among ten MG / YA titles chosen by the American Booksellers Association to be promoted in independent bookstores all across the country as part of Celebrate Debut Authors with Indies program.  Read about it here.

Elizabeth Ross (BELLE EPOQUE), Laura Golden (EVERY DAY AFTER), Amy Christine Parker (GATED), Peggy Eddleman (SKY JUMPERS), and Alison Cherry (RED) were all featured in It's a First! Fresh Fiction From New Voices Fall 2013, from Random Buzzers.  Read about it here.

Chelsea Pitcher's THE S-WORD released on May 7th and got a great review from Publisher's Weekly.

Kelly Fiore's TASTE TEST got a good review in Kirkus:
"This debut about a reality show for young chefs has enough spice to keep readers feasting all the way through...Contestants may lose, but readers won’t. (recipes) (Fiction. 12 & up)"

A. B. Westrick BROTHERHOOD has been picked as a Junior Library Guild selection and got a blurb from the amazing Richard Peck, Newbery Award-winning author of A YEAR DOWN YONDER. He described BROTHERHOOD this way:
“A boy struggling to come of age in a ruined world reaches in all the wrong directions for being and belonging in this story that uncovers a trove of hidden history.” 

K.A. Barson has an exciting Publishers Marketplace Announcement:
5/21/13: 45 POUNDS (More or Less) author K.A. Barson's untitled new novel, about a high school cosmetology student who has her entire life planned and under control, until everything falls apart and she has to learn to let go, listen, and appreciate her real friends, again to Sharyn November at Viking Children's, by Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger (world).

GONE FISHING A Novel In Verse by Tamera Wissinger is a Children’s Book Council Spring Seasonal Showcase Love to Read selection. Tamera will read from GONE FISHING in Chicago at the ALA Poetry Blast on July 1.

Melanie Crowder's PARCHED released June 4th from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and was reviewed in the Wallstreet Journal:
"The writing in "Parched" (Harcourt, 151 pages, $15.99) is as spare, dry and desolate as the landscape that Melanie Crowder depicts in this piercing debut novel for 9- to 14-year-olds ... three interlocking narratives—of girl, boy and dog—form an absorbing and strangely beautiful story of valor and survival that is all the more impressive for its restraint."

Laura Golden's EVERY DAY AFTER released June 11 from Delacorte Press/RHCB, and has been named a Girl Scouts Studio Selection.

Amanda Sun's INK is on the Indie Summer Kids' Next List, and is a Junior Library Guild selection and the prequel novella SHADOW is available here for FREE!

Karen Harrington's SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, which recently received a starred review from Kirkus has a new release date - August 20, 2013.

J. R. Johannson's INSOMNIA released June 8th from Flux.

Amy McCulloch's The OATHBREAKER'S SHADOW released June 4th from Doubleday Canada and June 6th from Random House Children's Books UK.

Read all about Justina Ireland's new book PROMISE OF SHADOWS here on Goodreads.

School Library Journal gave Cat Winters' IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS its third starred review: "Winters deftly combines mystery, ghost story, historical fiction, and romance...the story and setting are atmospheric and eerie."

Amy Christine Parker's School Library Journal, starred review GATED has a new release date: August 6, 2013.  Also, foreign rights sold to Turkey and Germany and it had a starred Kirkus review in the June 15, 2013 issue. They called it an "absorbing examination of a cult..." Also Publisher's Weekly called GATED a "complex, intriguing tale rooted in real-world events."

Steph Khuen's CHARM & SRANGE came out on June 11 and got an awesome SLJ Teen review.  Read it here.

Lydia Kang's CONTROL received another awesome blurb:

“CONTROL is a masterful debut, filled with everything I love in a novel: mystery, danger, and romance. Kang has crafted a world readers can easily fall into and won't want to leave, complete with flawed yet loveable characters. I couldn't put it down!" 
--Elana Johnson, author of POSSESSION

April Tucholke's BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA sold rights in Turkey - it will be Kilavuz.

Elizabeth May's THE FALCONER is in Glamour Magazine (UK) in a feature called, "So, You Love Game of Thrones?"

Kate Karyus Quinn's ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE released on June 11th and has this awesome trailer.

Woo-hoo, Lucky 13s!


Rachele Alpine's young adult comtemporary novel CANARY will be published in August of 2013 by Medallion Press. She blogs, or you can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and her website.

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