Tuesday, August 13, 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 released August 1 and is now available for purchase!

Caroline Carlson's MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT got a nice blurb from Sarah Prineas, author of THE MAGIC THIEF series and the SUMMERLANDS series:
"Avast! Pirates, magic, girl hero and a gargoyle sidekick? YES!! MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT is an amazing debut, a funny, rollicking adventure featuring a take-no-prisoners heroine and a cast of colorful characters. I eagerly look forward to the next book."

Also, it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

Ryan Graudin has a new 3 book deal!  Read about it here.

The International Reading Association's list of Children's Books that Make Us Linger features PARCHED by Melanie Crowder:

"Readers may be torn between savoring this book's language or gulping water to soothe the sympathetic dryness of their throats and racing to the book's conclusion to find out what would happen to the three main characters."

In a starred review, School Library Journal says about Tamera Wissinger’s GONE FISHING: 

"This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. . . . Wissinger deftly plies her craft to ensure that the use of poetry enhances the readability of the story."

Ashley Elston's THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING will be translated into Dutch and published by Veltman in Summer 2014!

Amanda Sun announced that RAIN, sequel to INK, will be out April 2014 from Harlequin TEEN.

Kristen Kittscher's THE WIG IN THE WINDOW landed on #5 on the Southern California Indie Bestseller Children's list in its release week, and recently popped back on again.

Also, School Library journal gave it a starred review: 

"This fast-paced, action-packed romp has all the ingredients of a great mystery, and it does not leave out the angst felt by so many middle schoolers. Readers will see themselves and their friends in Sophie and her classmates, and they will have a difficult time tearing themselves away.”

Emma Pass' ACID has been shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, in the 'Just the Book' (14+) category.

GILDED by Christina Farley received its first blurb from Beth Revis, NY Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy:
"An amazing contemporary fantasy that explores the vast legends of Korea, this richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day--she's exactly the kind of girl YA literature needs."

Elizabeth May announced that Falconer Fridays has begun over at Gollancz Fierce Fiction! Every week they’re going to be giving away signed ARCs of THE FALCONER, and revealing exclusive content, images and films to you! Follow Fierce Fiction on Tumblr, or follow the #FalconerFridays hashtag on Twitter.

Chelsea Pitcher's YA urban fantasy IMMORTAL SACRIFICE, and its sequel, sold to Flux in a 2-book deal!! Here's the link to her blog post about it, which includes the PM announcement.

Karen Harrington's SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, debuting August 20th, not only received a starred review from School Library Journal, but was also selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for August. 

K A Barson's 45 POUNDS has received two starred reviews:
"Barson offers up a powerful and poignant novel about hope and love in the midst of common and controversial issues..." --Mirta Espinola, VOYA 

"Teens who struggle with their weight will find a funny, smart companion in Barson's charming heroine, and those who overlook or judge a classmate like Ann may find themselves taking a moment to get to know him or her. All readers will cheer for this winning character." --Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness 

To see more reviews, see www.45poundsmoreorless.com 

T. Michael Martin's THE END GAMES and Cat Winters's IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS made Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth list.

Laura Perenic of VOYA Magazine wrote in her review of Anne Westrick's BROTHERHOOD: 
“Great historical fiction always feels like a gift... BROTHERHOOD is neither tedious, nor didactic. Westrick skillfully leads the reader toward conclusions regarding racism; letting each epiphany occur organically. All the characters, dialogue, and action support each other deftly and with no filler."

The American Booksellers Association unveiled their 2013 ABC Best Books for Children titles, and eleven Luckies made the list!
Amanda Sun for INK (THE PAPER GODS)
Demitria Lunetta for IN THE AFTER
Mindy McGinnis for NOT A DROP TO DRINK
Eve Silver for RUSH
Megan Shepherd for THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER
Amy Christine Parker for GATED
Peggy Eddleman for SKY JUMPERS
Pat Zietlow Miller for SOPHIE'S SQUASH

Kristin Halbrook announced film rights to NOBODY BUT US!

Woo-hoo, Lucky 13s! 

Rachele Alpine's young adult comtemporary novel CANARY is available now. She blogs, or you can find her on FacebookTwitter, and her website.


  1. My humorous middle grade urban fantasy adventure, Mason Davis and the Rise of the Storm Makers, became available for purchase online on Barnes and Nobles on August 13th. It is also available on Amazon. Check it out. My 13 year old son is the co-author. How is that for lucky 13? Let's see if we can get 1300 sold or maybe 13,000. Spread the word maybe 13 times?

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