Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May Good News Round Up!

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...

Rachele Alpine MG's debut OPERATION PUCKER UP, about a girl cast as the lead in Snow White who sets out to secure her first kiss before having to experience it in front of a live audience, while navigating the return of her estranged father at home, to Alyson Heller at Aladdin, in a pre-empt, for publication in 2015.

Author of Sure Signs of Crazy, which received four starred reviews, and the forthcoming Courage For Beginners, Karen Harrington's MAYDAY, about a seventh-grade plane crash survivor's quest to recover two things lost in the crash: his voice, and the American flag honoring the death of his soldier uncle, all while trying to find his place between an absentee dad and his super patriotic military grandfather, again to Bethany Strout at Little, Brown Children's, for publication in Spring 2016, by Julia Kenny at Dunow, Carlson & Lerner (World).

Sure Signs of Crazy also just released in Spain and Brazil. Check out the fun covers!

Author of BEA 2013 Middle Grade Buzz Panel title Magic Marks the Spot Caroline Carlson's THE WORLD'S GREATEST DETECTIVE, about a city with more sleuths than crimes to be solved, and a boy who enters his hapless uncle for the World's Greatest Detective competition in hope of avoiding being sent to an orphanage, only to discover his own knack for investigation when the contest host turns up dead, to Toni Markiet at Harper Children's, for publication in Winter 2017 and a second book in Winter 2018.

INK has been nominated for an Aurora Award for Best YA Novel! So go vote for it (Canadians only). www.prixaurorawards.ca/aurora-awards/2014-aurora-nominees/

Elizabeth May's THE FALCONER, about an 18th century noblewoman leading a double life as a faery-hunter, was released on May 6th.
THE FALCONER was chosen as one of Amazon's Best Books for the month of May.
Publisher's Weekly stated that it included, "A combination of steampunk tech and supernatural danger with a multitalented heroine who can hold her own against murderous faeries and romantic foils alike."
Billie Bloebaum of Powell's Books said, "This book was AWESOME. It's full of well-worn tropes and clich├ęs.but somehow transcends them all to become some new animal that is the best of all its borrowed parts."
Last month Chronicle Books launched a website for THE FALCONER at www.thefalconerseries.com full of extras for fans, including the gorgeous trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=-tFQ_P8JSUc 

CHICK-O-SAURUS REX by Lenore Jennewein and illustrated by Daniel Jennewein is a Bankstreet College Irma Black Honor Book and the winner of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award in the International Other region.

THE FLAME IN THE MIST, Kit Grindstaff's spooky, magical middle grade mystery-adventure, has won the SCBWI Crystal Kite award in the Atlantic region.

Two great trade reviews for Lindsay Ribar's THE FOURTH WISH:

"Ribar deals with surprisingly heavy themes in this sequel, despite the lighter-than-air premise, including the pressure to conform, the construction of self and the ever-evolving nuance of what is the "right" thing. Despite its fantastic drapery, the truths this novel reveals are so real it may even make readers a bit uncomfortable--that's quite an achievement."
-Kirkus Reviews

"Ribar has delivered fans a fun romantic read with some deliciously exciting paranormal elements (shape-shifting anyone?) while casually tackling bisexuality, consent, and the importance of balancing power with humanity."
-School Library Journal 

 Kelly Fiore's JUST LIKE THE MOVIES also got a couple of great reviews:

"Watching these two high school seniors help each other move out of their respective safety zones is a lot of fun, and Fiore (Taste Test) also works in some girl-power advice about not letting a boy become one’s whole life."

Publisher's Weekly

"Most importantly, these characters are just plain likable. They’re complex and interesting, and earned sympathy goes a long way toward making the book such an enjoyable read. A sugary romance light on depth but big on charm, Fiore’s sophomore novel is a solid entry in the genre it clearly loves."

Kirkus Reviews

Rachele Alpine's CANARY was picked as an IBPA Ben Franklin Award Honoree. It's one of four YA novels to receive this award. The winner will be announced at the May 28 reception.

Tamera Will Wissinger's GONE FISHING is a Children's Book Committee 2013 Outstanding Book, and was their April 2014 featured book.

Three starred reviews for Steph Kuehn's COMPLICIT!

"Complicit ensnares readers from the first page with its surprising twists and revelations. Recommend it to fans of psychological thrillers." -School Library Journal (starred review)

"Kuehn writes with the fleetness of a trained thriller author…Her confidence is what’s so invigorating: every page makes a firm, surprising choice, whether you like it or not…Explosive." -Booklist (starred review)

“Kuehn’s second novel, after her Morris Award–winning Charm & Strange, powerfully examines how mental illness can turn into family tragedy that ripples far and wide beyond a single event. The prose is as hallucinatory as the madness Jamie seeks to uncover in a novel that’s tense and ambiguous from start to finish.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

COMPLICIT is also on Booklist's Top Ten Crime Fiction for Youth list. 

Karen Akin's book LOOP's cover was revealed on Griffin Teen: www.facebook.com/GriffinTeen/photos/a.663984703660730.1073741833.176017155790823/670720939653773/?type=3&theater

And the first signed ARC giveaway is up on Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/92270-loop

Mindee Arnett's THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR is nominated for the YALSA Teen Top Teen. Here's the link with dets: www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

Yay for all the good news!!!

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