Martha Brockenbrough’s novel, THE GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH, is up for an Audie Award in the YA category. These are awards given to the best audio recording. Susan Hanfield reads the book, and the audio version includes three songs Martha co-wrote with jazz singer Victoria Contreras.
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The first two books in Dori Hillestad Butler‘s new KING & KAYLA easy reader series launch on March 1. KING & KAYLA is the prequel her Edgar award winning BUDDY FILES series. Book 1, THE CASE OF THE MISSING DOG TREATS is a Junior Library Guild selection for March. Kirkus says, “Readers will connect with this charmingly misunderstood pup (along with his exasperated howls, excited tail wagging, and sheepish grins).”
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The revised digital version of David Patneaude’s EPITAPH ROAD is now available from Amazon. Kirkus says, “Will hook readers of The Hunger Games trilogy.”
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Laurie Ann Thompson was excited to receive the Advanced Reader Copies for her upcoming book, TWO TRUTHS AND A LIE: IT’S ALIVE (co-authored with the fabulous Ammi-Joan Paquette). It’s equal parts thrilling and nerve-wracking to think that book buyers and reviewers across the country will soon be evaluating your book!
Her book EMMANUEL’S DREAM showed up recently on some very nice lists, including 10 Great Picture Books on Heroism (from Waking Brain Cells), 35 Picture Books for Young Activists (from All the Wonders), and Making an Impact: 25 Mighty Girl Books About Charity and Community Service (from A Mighty Girl). She also learned that it is the “One School, One Book” selection that all students, grades K-5, will be reading in March at the Brooks Global Studies Extended-Year Magnet School in North Carolina!
To top it off, she’s had several fantastic in-person school visits in the last month, which are always energizing and inspiring!
For kids who love learning about natural disasters, Trudi Trueit had two new titles debut recently, DETECTING AVALANCHES and DETECTING VOLCANIC ERUPTIONS. Each book features simple text that explains how scientists use technology to predict these catastrophic events. The books include “How It Works” spreads, fun facts, sidebars, a disaster preparedness checklist and more! For readers ages 7 and up. Trudi is also OAV’s February Author of the Month, and she’s GIVING AWAY an advanced copy (ARC) of her upcoming fiction book, MY TOP SECRET DARES & DON’TS. Click HERE to enter the contest!
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Dori Jones Yang is delighted to reveal the cover for her new middle-grade novel, THE FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION OF BASEBALL. It’s a lively and nuanced story about two brothers sent to America by the Emperor of China in 1875, as part of a group of 120 boys who were to live with American families, learn English, study technology, and return home to modernize China. Readers will experience culture clash and some of the difficulties immigrant children have in adapting to life in the United States. For readers aged 10 to 14, the book will come out August 15, 2017, with SparkPress.