Monday, October 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....

Kelly Fiore's TASTE TEST, a novel about a Top Chef-esque competition for teens, was released on August 27th from Bloomsbury USA. Top Chef Alum, Fabio Viviani calls it "the perfect recipe for love!"

TASTE TEST got a great review from School Library Journal, which said:
"This debut novel is a sweet confection about overcoming the odds and being true to oneself. Readers who are not interested in cooking will still relate to the reality-show setting and enjoy the friendships and romance. The food descriptions are mouthwatering, and the contestants’ recipes included in the back matter feature sophisticated flavors that might even get some readers cooking." 

TASTE TEST was also featured in USA Today's Happily Ever After blog as a featured selection. 

Caroline Carlson's middle grade novel THE VERY NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES: MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT was released on September 10th from Harper Children's. It's also a Kids' Indie Next pick for the fall!

In addition to starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and School Library Journal, Cat Winter's IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS received a highlighted VOYA Magazine review: “Romance fans will love Stephen's ghostly visits to Mary Shelley... Mystery lovers will enjoy the satisfactory resolution of the puzzle... Recommend this title to fans of Libba Bray's THE DIVINERS.” —VOYA Magazine, highlighted review

The audiobook version of Cat Winters's IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS is now available from Recorded Books.  Check it out here.

Peggy Eddleman's middle grade novel SKY JUMPERS was released on September 24th from Random House Children's Books. Deseret News says:
"Peggy Eddleman gets everything right in her debut novel, Sky Jumpers." and "Sky Jumpers has plenty of action and more than enough heart to work its way into the hearts and minds of readers everywhere."  

Noodle teamed up with the New York Public Library’s Youth Materials Collections Specialist, Betsy Bird, to create an infographic on the best children's books of 2013. Both Peggy Eddleman's SKY JUMPERS and Nate Federle's BETTER NATE THAN EVER made the graphic! Check it out here.

Lydia Kang on Wattpad, starting October 15th!

Delacorte has bought Emma Pass' THE FEARLESS and will publish it in the US in 2015.

Elizabeth May's THE FALCONER, a YA steampunk novel about a faery-slaying débutante in 1844 Scotland, releases in the UK on September 26 from Gollancz!

 SciFiNow Magazine gave THE FALCONER a 4-star "Must Read Now!" review saying:
"Forget Bella, banish Katniss and Expelliarmus Hermione -- there is a new breed of ass-kicker in town . . . Elizabeth May's début is a wicked cocktail of Jane Austen's high society and the Grimms' fairy tales."

The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books has given PARCHED by Melanie Crowder a starred review!
"This is a poetic and powerful survival story; readers will want to tackle it with a full water bottle on hand."

Jennifer McGowan's third book in her Elizabethan historical YA Maids of Honor series, MAID OF WONDER, has sold to Simon & Schuster BFYR, for release in Summer, 2015!

Golden Heart winner and young adult author Jennifer Stark writing as Jennifer Chance's DREAM IT, the first book in a new adult series, about a junior entertainment agent struggling to remain professional with her first big client, a former teenage boy-band heartthrob turned very grown up rock star, to Shauna Summers for Flirt, in a four-book deal, in an exclusive submission, for publication starting in early 2014, by Alexandra Machinist at Janklow & Nesbit (NA).

Peggy Eddleman released the book trailer for SKY JUMPERS.  Check it out here!

Sarah Skilton's BRUISED comes out in paperback March 2014 with a fresh cover and an excerpt from her new book, HIGH AND DRY, a twisty high school mystery releasing April 2014.

Rights to Kristen Kittscher's THE WIG IN THE WINDOW have sold to Hungarian publisher Fonix. 

Audiofile Magazine awarded THE WIG IN THE WINDOW's audiobook the Earphones Award, calling narrator Amanda Philipson's performance "effervescent" and praising her for bringing out the "diverse personalities and emotions of the characters" and "conveying the humor and drama in the story."

THE WIG IN THE WINDOW also made a third appearance on the SoCal Indie Bestseller List in August.

Kara Taylor is the writer and co-executive producer of THE REVENGERS, a dramedy for the CW produced by Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

 BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA got a starred review from Voya:
“A stunning debut with complex characters, an atmospheric setting, and a distinct voice. . . . Tucholke has real talent.”  

Elisabeth Dahl's GENIE WISHES is a recommended title in the October 2013 issue of Library Media Connection:
"Occasional spot illustrations by the author add charm, and Dahl accurately portrays the pitfalls of entering adolescence. . . . Overall, this is a charming portrait of a transition year and clearly shows the changes a group of children go through." 

MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT got several nice trade reviews this month. Shelf Awareness says it's "smart, funny and captivating, and the start to a wonderful new series."  School Library Journal says "the whole package is a silly, rollicking good time," and Booklist says it "delivers all the expected swashbuckling tropes—treasure maps, invisible ink, sword fights, and treacherous villains—and then cleverly upends them."

Woo-hoo, Lucky 13s!

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

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