Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!

Here’s a peek at what our members have been up to lately …

Dori Hillestad Butlers Haunted Library #5: The Secret Room (Grosset & Dunlap) was released last week. Now that Kaz can finally pass through walls without feeling all “skizzy,” he can explore Beckett’s secret room at the back of the library. What he finds there is a mystery he never expected.

Dori also turned in a manuscript for Haunted Library #8: The Hide and Seek Ghost this week. This will be the final book in the series.

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Joan Holub‘s What Were the Salem Witch Trials? released last week. This is a chapter book about an incredibly tragic, fascinating event about which many questions remain. A memorial was dedicated to the Salem Twenty, 300 years after their unjust deaths in Massachusetts, and all were finally and officially declared innocent. Joan has written other books in the Who Was/What Was series with Grosset & Dunlap, including Who Was Baby Ruth?

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Joan Holub and Suzanne Williams celebrated the release of Goddess Girls 17: Amphitrite the Bubbly and Heroes in Training 10: Hephaestus and the Island of Terror this week. 

A fan letter (below) may not have been the deciding factor in convincing Scholastic to continue with their Grimmtastic Girls series (which Scholastic had brought to an end in April 2015 with Book #6: Goldilocks Breaks In), but the letter couldn’t have hurt! Just two months after Joan & Suzanne forwarded a copy of it to our editor, Scholastic asked them for Books 7 & 8. They’ll be out in Summer & Fall of 2016. (Titles are yet to be determined.) 

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Lisa L. Owens has just signed on to write two titles in a 2016 upper-elementary-age series about world explorers. She’ll share more details as the books approach publication!

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Dana Sullivan reports that his illustrator copies of Digger and Daisy Star in a Play arrived on his doorstep last week. This is the fifth book in the early reader series published by Sleeping Bear Press. Judy Young writes the text and Dana draws the pictures. Books are scheduled to be in stores September 1.

Dana also turned in initial sketches for the sixth book, Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden earlier this week. He’s waiting for publisher feedback before making edits and proceeding to final art.

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Laurie Thompson‘s Be a Changemaker won the Coalition of Visionary Resources Book of the Year Award. For more information, check out her blog post. She’s also recently had the opportunity to do two radio interviews. You can listen to those here and here. And she participated in a group panel and signing event at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, IL, signed books at ILA in St. Louis, MO, did several in-person summer camp visits, donates books to both her childhood school library and her hometown public library, and went on a very successful research trip for a nonfiction picture book she’s working on.

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Simon & Schuster is offering the ebook of Trudi Trueit’s middle grade novel, Stealing Popular, for just $1.99! This Back-to-School special is available in all e-book formats but only lasts until the first week of September so don’t wait! Also, pre-order Trudi’s upcoming tween title, The Sister Solution (releases Sept. 29th), and get a bonus gift (while supplies last)! Head to her website for details:


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Author: Laurie Ann Thompson

I write books for curious young minds and open hearts, no matter what their age. BE A CHANGEMAKER: HOW TO START SOMETHING THAT MATTERS, a teen guide to saving the world, will be published by Beyond Words/Simon Pulse in September of 2014. EMMANUEL'S DREAM: THE TRUE STORY OF EMMANUEL OFOSU YEBOAH, a picture-book biography, will be published by Schwartz & Wade/Penguin Random House in January of 2015. And MY DOG IS THE BEST, a heartwarming fictional picture book, will be published by Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers/Macmillan in May of 2015.

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