This week I have three new books to celebrate. All three of these writers make the world of children’s literature a better place through their support of other authors in real life and their kindness on social media. Which leads me to a little project I’ve got in the works…
As a writer, an active member of several writing groups, and an administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, I know many authors and illustrators who go out of their way to be supportive and kind to other authors and illustrators in real life and on social media. Over the past few years, I’ve featured books by many of these authors on my website. About a month ago, I was looking at my file of previously featured books and realized it had gotten to be quite a long list. Most of them I haven’t even had a chance to read yet. As it happens in publishing, older books fade from sight as new books are published. Bookstores have to make room on their shelves and publishers have to put out new catalogues. But for someone who hasn’t yet read these books, they are as fresh and thrilling as the day they had their book birthday. So I had an idea; why not build a bookstore here, on my blog, featuring the works of these kind, generous authors and illustrators?
This is a work in progress, and it’s a bit slow-going to build dozens of author pages book by book. I had planned to keep it secret until I had the bookstore well-populated, but I hadn’t counted on Google alerts spoiling my surprise. Blush.
To keep things simple, I will not be making direct sales. All buy links go to affiliate buy pages at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, iBooks®, Amazon, and Indiebound (where you can select your favorite independent book seller). I hope to soon have an easy-to-navigate bookstore link on my menu bar. Meanwhile, I’m adding pages as I go that will eventually fill up my Book Friends Bookshop.
Happy Book Birthday!
By Jen Malone
Published by Harper Teen
Jen Malone, author of teen novels Wanderlost and Map to the Stars, will take readers to the high seas—literally—in this contemporary YA novel about a girl facing the dissolution of her parents’ marriage, a new romance, and self-discovery while sailing down the Pacific coast.
After concluding that she is to blame for her parents’ recent divorce, Cassandra McClure is hoping to stay as far away from her as possible. With a summer of freedom right around the corner, it shouldn’t be too hard. But when a forty-foot sailboat appears in her driveway and her mom announces that Cassie and her brother Drew will be accompanying her on a four-month sailing trip down to Mexico, Cassie’s plans for the summer go, quite literally, overboard.
Once the three set sail, tensions quickly rise. So meeting Jonah—a gorgeous, whip-smart deckhand—is an unexpected bright spot on an otherwise dim horizon. Though she tries to keep him at a distance—considering the upheaval of her home life—their chemistry is impossible to ignore, and Cassie soon finds herself questioning everything: Should she go for it with Jonah? Can she forgive her mom? Will home ever feel the same? With life’s unpredictable tides working against her, Cassie must decide whether to swim against them, or dive right in.
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Published by Random House Books for Young Readers
Inside an enchanted castle, there’s a closet—a closet with one hundred magical dresses that only Darling Dimple can wear. Each one disguises her as somebody else. It turns out that Darling needs disguises. A thief is on the loose! Someone is causing an uproar among the servants—moving things around, stealing clothes from the laundry, and even pocketing Princess Mariposa’s jewels. Then Darling and her friend Roger think they spot a ghost roaming the halls. Could the culprit be a spirit? Can Darling and Roger get to the bottom of it all? With the help of the one hundred dresses, there just might be a ghost of a chance.
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By Diana Murray
Illustrated by Heather Ross
Published by Katherine Tegen Books, HarperCollins
Grimelda the Very Messy Witch is back, and now she’s on the search for her spell book so she can win first place her local pet show.
With the right spell Grimelda knows she can make her cat Wizzlewarts spooktacular in seconds. But when her spell book goes missing in her untidy room, will Grimelda find another spooktacular pet to win the prize, or will her magic make an even larger mess?
Told in rhyming verse with charming illustrations of pet monsters and all things witchy on every page, Grimelda is perfect for Halloween but also a fun read-aloud all year round for mess-makers everywhere.
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