Good News from the Online Author Visits Team!

Here’s a peek at what our members are up to this month:

Martha Brockenbrough’s Game of Love and Death is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize. It was also an ALA Booklist pick for Top Ten Romance for Youth, and is a finalist on the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults list. If you’re in the Seattle area, she’ll be speaking with Nancy Pearl and Steve Scher this Sunday at Town Hall about grammar.



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Dori Hillestad Butler has online author visits scheduled with schools in Kansas, New Hampshire, Minnesota and Iowa this month. She will also be participating in the Humboldt County Children’s Author Festival in Eureka, CA from October 15-17, and she’s looking forward to promoting her new Haunted Library #6: The Ghost at the Fire Station in early November. She’ll be traveling to schools and bookstores near Denver, Chicago, Miami and around the Seattle area.

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Joan Ho-Ho-Holub “launched” her new picture book, The Knights Before Christmas at Quail Ridge Books with cake and catapults! Publisher’s Weekly called her book’s premise “great”: On Christmas Eve, three young knights guard the king’s castle against a red-and-white invader–Santa Claus!

And more jolly reviews just in for The Knights Before Christmas:
“This rousing, ridiculous Medieval “Night Before Christmas” parody jingles with castle and holiday wordplay. Cheeky digital illustrations brim with good cheer.” – Horn Book

“An excellent interplay between the amusing illustrations and the polished text, with lots of clever jokes for readers to discover in the art. These knights know how to keep the castle safe and readers entertained.” –Kirkus Reviews

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Dana Sullivan is hard at work on final art for Digger and Daisy Plant a Garden, the sixth in the Digger and Daisy early reader series, written by Judy Young. He reports that this book has not improved his attitude toward kale, but the unusually hot summer in Seattle did produce some delicious cherry tomatoes in his own garden.

He’s also teaching graphic novel workshops for the King County Library System. They are for all ages and FREE to library patrons. If you’ve always wanted to create your own graphic novel or comic book in two hours, check out the details and schedule here.

This coming weekend Dana will travel to Beaumont, Texas to speak at a literacy conference at Lamar University. His talk focuses on his path to diversity and inclusion, but Digger and Ozzie are really more excited about Beaumont being the reputed home of hte world’s largest fire hydrant. We’ll give you a full report upon their return.

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Praise for Trudi Trueit’s new middle grade novel, The Sister Solution (Aladdin M!X):”An insightful, engaging tale that celebrates the relationship that sisters share.” –Kirkus Reviews

Tween bloggers 5GirlsBookReviews “recommends this book for anyone that has sisters.” To learn more about The Sister Solution (for ages 9 and up) and download the reader’s guide, head to Trudi’s website:

If you live in the Seattle area, you’re invited to THE SISTER SOLUTION Book Release Party tomorrow night, Friday, Oct. 16th, from 7 – 8 pm at University Books in Mill Creek, WA! There will be an author chat/signing, food, a trivia contest w/prizes, a student writing display, and more!

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Laurie Ann Thompson has just wrapped up a slew of in-person events for all three of her books, especially Be a Changemaker.
She is soon heading off to Austin to read Emmanuel’s Dream at the Texas Book Festival, where she gets to meet illustrator Sean Qualls for the first time ever!
And, she was tickled to see this new review of My Dog Is the Best pop on Goodreads:

“I just hugged this book. It may be because this dog looks like my dog. But the text is cute and the dog is cute and the little boy is cute. I love it. Hug Hug Hug”  —Laela


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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