HAPPY BOOK BIRTHDAY
Kersten Hamilton, author of the MG GAdgets & Gears series, and the YA Goblin Wars Trilogy, has a new companion book to join her picture books RED TRUCK and YELLOW COPTER!
Illustrated by Valeria Petrone
When a family on a sailing outing gets stuck in a surprise storm, there’s only one boat tough enough to handle the rocking waves and howling winds: Blue Boat!
BLUE BOAT launched May 17 from Penguin Random House.
Kell Andrews, author of the middle grade novel DEADWOOD, has a debut picture book!
Illustrated by Lissy Marlin
Telling the future is a gift: you either have it, or you don’t. And Mira, daughter of the famous fortune teller Madame Mirabella, just doesn’t. Until one day Mira gets a pinwheel and a windsock, and finds her own special way of making predictions.
LOCAL KIDLIT AUTHOR EVENTS
MAY 27, THURSDAY, 7:00 PM: MELISSA DE LA CRUZ, MG AUTHOR
Spring Forest Middle School, 14240 Memorial Drive, Houston
COST: FREE! Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Melissa de la Cruz, please purchase RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST from Blue Willow Bookshop.
Author Melissa de la Cruz will share fun activities and her new sequel to her #1 NYT best seller The Isle of the Lost, RETURN TO THE ISLE OF THE LOST: A Descendants Novel. (Disney-Hyperion)
Mal’s an expert at intimidating her enemies, but she’s broken the habit since leaving her villainous roots behind. So when she and her friends Evie, Carlos, and Jay all receive threatening messages demanding they return home, Mal can’t believe it. Sure, she’s King Ben’s girlfriend now, and she’s usually nice to her classmates, but she still didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to try to push her around.
The thing is, it kind of worked. Especially since she and her friends have a sneaking suspicion that their villainous parents are behind the messages. And when Evie looks into her magic mirror, what she sees only confirms their fears. Maleficent’s just a tiny lizard after her run-in with Mal at Ben’s Coronation, but she’s the worst villain in the land for a reason. Could she have found a way to escape? Whatever’s going on, Mal, Evie, Carlos, and Jay know they have to sneak back to the Isle and get to the bottom of it.
Without its infamous leader, the island’s even worse than when they left it, but the comforts of home—even a home as gloomy as the Isle of the Lost—can be hard to resist for recently reformed villains. Will the kids be able to beat the evil bubbling at the Isle’s wicked core, or will the plot to destroy Auradon succeed?
MAY 23-27: BOLDFACE WRITERS CONFERENCE
University of Houston
Boldface was founded in 2009 by the editors of Glass Mountain, the undergraduate literary magazine at the University of Houston, as a conference devoted exclusively to developing writers (i.e., anyone who has not studied creative writing at the graduate level is welcome). Our goal is to give emerging writers an experience that is usually available only to professional writers: several days of intense focus on the craft of writing through workshops, readings, and craft talks.
Editor: Kelsey Murphy/Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Authors/Illustrators: Tom Angleberger; Candice Ransom; Alexandria LaFaye; Hillary Homzie