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Congrats to GENA/FINN, on the 2017 Rainbow List!

Congrats Hannah Moskowitz and Kat Helgeson! Their co-authored novel has made the Rainbow List, a bibliography of books with significant gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or queer/questioning content.

41O+px6P4HL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Gena and Finn would have never met but for their mutual love for the popular show Up Below. Regardless of their differences—Gena is a recent high school graduate whose social life largely takes place online, while Finn is in her early twenties, job hunting and contemplating marriage with her longtime boyfriend—the two girls realize that the bond between them transcends fanfiction. When disaster strikes and Gena’s world turns upside down, only Finn can save her, and that, too, comes with a price. Told through emails, text messages, journal entries, and blog posts, Gena/Finn is a story of friendship and love in the digital age.

Find out more about GENA/FINN here, and on Goodreads, Amazon, and B&N.

You can find Kat on her website and twitter, and Hannah on her website and twitter.

Congrats to Chana Stiefel and the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation

A huge congratulations to picture book author Chana Stiefel on her collaboration with the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. All royalties from Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name will go to promote Alzheimer’s research and awareness. Way to go Chana and this awesome book for a great cause!

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Congrats to Sharon Biggs Waller on her new deal!

Congratulations to Sharon Biggs Waller on her new deal with Simon & Schuster Teen! This is such an important book and I can’t wait for you all to read it.

From Publishers Weekly:

sharonbiggswaller_picChristian Trimmer at Simon & Schuster has bought world English rights to Girls on the Verge, a YA novel by Sharon Biggs Waller. When 17-year-old Camille discovers she can’t obtain an abortion anywhere near her small hometown, she sets off for a Planned Parenthood clinic in the next state. Accompanied by Annabelle, the one-time star of her high school who has wound up stocking shelves, Camille embarks on a road trip of self-discovery in this coming-of-age story pitched as Going Bovine meets Thelma and Louise. Publication is set for spring 2018; John M. Cusick of Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management brokered the deal.

You can order Sharon’s latest historical YA, THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID (Viking Children’s Books) on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, or check it out on Goodreads.

You can also find Sharon at her website, on Facebook, and on twitter.

ENTER TITLE HERE by Rahul Kanakia, New York Times Review

EnterTitleHere_CoverCongrats to Rahul on this New York Times review of ENTER TITLE HERE (Disney-Hyperion, 2016). I DARE you not to have an opinion about this book… 

“It’s meant to make you uncomfortable, and Kanakia made me uncomfortable in so many ways.”

Order ENTER TITLE HERE on Amazon, B&N, and IndieBound.

You can also Rahul on twitter at @rahkan, and check out his amazing and prolific blog on culture, art, and life.

Congrats to Courtney and Valynne

I’m so excited to finally share this news, and the unique way this novel came to be. Check out Publishers Weekly’s piece on Courtney Alameda and Valynne Maetani tweeting their way to a six-figure deal.

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“What began as a casual Twitter conversation between two long-time friends who for years talked about writing a book together – Valynne Maetani and Courtney Alameda – has become a hot property that recently was sold to HarperCollins in a two-book, six-figure deal after an auction earlier this year in which four major publishers participated. The final contract was signed in June.”

Visit Courtney’s website, follow her on Twitter, and like her on Facebook.

Check out Courtney’s debut SHUTTER on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Goodreads.

Check out Valynne Maetani on her website and twitter.
Check out Valynne’s debut INK AND ASHES on Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, Indiebound, and Amazon.

 

 

Heidicker’s CURE a Most-Anticipated YA

So excited to see Christian Heidicker’s CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE on Barnes & Noble’s 26 Most Anticipated June Young Adult Books!

CURE Final CoverLiterally minutes after a real (!) live (!) girl (!!) agrees to let him take her on his very first date, screen-addicted Jaxon’s dad and stepmom drag him off to video game rehab. There, he must earn one million points over the course of four days in order to win his freedom in time to go on his date—which will require interfacing not with pixels but with actual humans.

“A plugged-in young adult comedy about the pain of unplugging… perfect for teen gamers and readers who are fans of Jesse Andrews and John Green.” (School Library Journal)

“Heidicker’s debut crackles with twitchy energy… this is a fun, absurdist romp through gaming culture, populated by zany characters and a quest narrative worthy of its own game.” (Booklist)

Pre-Order out CURE FOR THE COMMON UNIVERSE at Amazon, Indiebound, and Barnes & Noble, and check it out on Goodreads.

You can find Christian on twitter, too.

Happy Pub day to Sharon Biggs Waller & THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID!

Congrats to Sharon on her second amazing novel…

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* “Elodie and Ching Lan are feminists of their era, refusing to bend to the rules and limits placed before them.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review

* “A historical romance with a strong female protagonist, sure to find fans.”—School Library Journal, starred review

“The characters are strong and full of life, and the plot combines the perfect amount of both adventure and romance. . . . This book is a must-have.”—VOYA

“Similar in tone to Libba Bray’s A Great and Terrible Beauty (2003), this is a perfect read for timid teens who dream of adventure.”—Booklist

“Well-researched and filled with adventure, romance, and lots of tension—this work of historical fiction has all the elements of an intriguing read.”—Kirkus Reviews

The adventures of a British girl in China, hunting for the orchid that will save her family.

Staid, responsible Elodie Buchanan is the eldest of ten sisters growing up in a small English market town in 1861. The girls barely know their father, a plant hunter usually off adventuring through China, more myth than man. Then disaster strikes: Mr. Buchanan reneges on his contract to collect an extremely rare and valuable orchid. He will be thrown into debtors’ prison while his daughters are sent to the orphanage and the workhouse.

Elodie can’t stand by and see her family destroyed, so she persuades her father to return to China once more to try to hunt down the flower—only this time, despite everything she knows about her place in society, Elodie goes with him. She has never before left her village, but what starts as fear turns to wonder as she adapts to seafaring life aboard the tea clipper The Osprey, and later to the new sights, dangers, and romance of China. She comes to find that both the world and her place in it are so much bigger than she’d ever dreamed. But now, even if she can find the orchid, how can she ever go back to being the staid, responsible Elodie that everybody needs?

You can order THE FORBIDDEN ORCHID (Viking Children’s Books) on Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, or check it out on Goodreads.

You can also find Sharon at her website, on Facebook, and on twitter.