Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Introducing Power Play by Beth McMullen

I've been eagerly awaiting today's book release since I heard there were going to be more books in the Mrs. Smith's Spy School for Girls series. Beth McMullen made book #1 in this series SO fun! Scroll down to read all about Beth's new book and make sure you buy a copy!




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Abby and the rest of her friends go international as they embark on their first “official” Center mission in this second book in the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series.

After discovering the truth about her spy school/boarding school—and her super-spy mom—Abby Hunter is ready for her next adventure, but what’s about to happen is something she never would have guessed…

Everyone at The Smith School is obsessed with Monster Mayhem, the latest reality video game craze. But when Drexel Caine, the mastermind behind the game is suddenly kidnapped, it becomes clear that the kidnappers are playing for more than just special badges.

After Drexel’s son—who is Abby’s friend, Toby—receives a cryptic message, Abby and her friends discover the kidnapping is part of a bigger scheme that could take down The Center for good.

With the help of Abby’s frenemy (and reluctant mentor), Veronica Brooks, the group tackles their first official Center Mission. They tangle with the world’s most notorious hacker, get in trouble for the possible theft of the Mona Lisa, and prepare for the ultimate showdown in London. But not before they have to contend with one more hurdle: the agonizing Smith School Spring Formal. Along the way, they discover they are much stronger as a team they can ever be alone.

And with a little luck, they might just save the world.

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Beth McMullen is the author of the Mrs. Smith’s Spy School for Girls series and several adult mysteries. Her books have heroes and bad guys, action and messy situations. An avid reader, she once missed her subway stop and rode the train all the way to Brooklyn because the book she was reading was that good. She lives in Northern California with her family, two cats and a parakeet named Zeus, who is sick of the cats eyeballing him like he’s dinner. 

Visit her at BethMcMullenBooks.com.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Everything I Know About You by Barbara Dee

Barbara Dee has been gaining attention for her important middle-grade books, including Star-Crossed, which introduced us to a lovable character with a same-sex crush. Her latest book takes on the all-too-important issue of eating disorders--an issue that's made its way to the tween age group.




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Misfit Tally is forced to room with queen bee Ava on the seventh grade field trip to Washington, DC, and discovers several surprising things about her roommate—including the possibility of an eating disorder—in this timely new novel from the author of Star-Crossed and Halfway Normal.

During a class trip to DC, twelve-year-old Tally and her best friends, Sonnet and Caleb (a.k.a. Spider) are less than thrilled when they are assigned roommates and are paired with kids who are essentially their sworn enemies. For Tally, rooming with “clonegirl” Ava Seely feels like punishment, rather than potential for fun.

But the trip is full of surprises. Despite a pact to stick together as much as they can, Sonnet pulls away, and spider befriends Marco, the boy who tormented him last year. And Marco just might “like” Tally—what’s that about?

But the uneasy peace in Ava and Tally’s room is quickly upended when Tally begins to suspect something is off about Ava. She has a weird notebook full of random numbers, and doesn’t seem to eat anything during meals. When Tally confronts Ava, Ava threatens to share an embarrassing picture of Tally with the class if Tally says anything to anyone about her suspicions. But will Tally endanger more than her pride by keeping her secret?

This is one class trip full of lessons Tally will never forget: how to stay true to yourself, how to love yourself and embrace your flaws, and how being a good friend can actually mean telling a secret you promised to keep…

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Barbara Dee is the author of Everything I Know About You, Halfway Normal (2018 CBC Notable Book, Junior Library Guild selection, YALSA Booklist “Surviving Middle School,” starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and School Library Journal), Star-Crossed (2018 ALA Rainbow List Top Ten, 2018 CBC Notable Book, 2017 Goodreads Choice Awards Finalist, 2017 Chicago Public Library Best of the Best List, King County Public Library Best of 2017, 2018), and six other middle grade novels. Barbara is one of the founders and directors of the Chappaqua Children’s Book Festival. She lives with her family, including a naughty cat named Luna and a sweet rescue hound named Ripley, in Westchester County, New York. 

Learn more about Barbara Dee at BarbaraDeeBooks.com.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Introducing Fairy Chase by Debbie Dadey

Who doesn't love mermaids? I've been very lucky to sit next to Debbie Dadey at book events — children's eyes light up at the mere mention of her Mermaid Tales series. Today, Debbie celebrates the launch of book #18 in the series. Scroll down to read all about this fun new book.




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With the help of her fintastic friends, Echo investigates whether or not fairies really DO exist in this sparkling Mermaid Tales adventure.

Echo is excited when her Aunt Crabella and Uncle Leopold visit, especially since Aunt Crabella always has amazing stories about all of her many ocean travels. But when Aunt Crabella tells Echo about the Hairy Fairy—a fairy that visits mermaids while they sleep and purposely tangles their hair—Echo is all set to catch the fairy in the act.

Shelly and Kiki tell Echo that fairies aren’t real, but Aunt Crabella says she believes they are. And what’s the harm in believing? When Echo can’t seem to catch the Hairy Fairy, she becomes determined to figure out if fairies really do exist! She teams up with Shelly and Kiki and makes “Fairy Juice” (via a recipe from Rocky Ridge) in order to go on a fairy hunt on Trident City’s majestic Sperm Whale Mountain.

But what will they find on their fairy hunt? Will all of Echo’s magical fairy dreams come true?

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Bio:


Debbie Dadey is an award-winning children’s book author who has written more than 150 books. She is best known for her series The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids, written with Marcia Thornton Jones. Debbie lives with her husband, three children, and three dogs in Sevierville, Tennessee.

Learn more about Debbie at DebbieDadey.com.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Introducing Postcards from Venice by Dee Romito

Writing buddies can feel like the best of friends, even when you've never met in person. That's how I feel about Dee Romito, one of my coauthors on Best. Night. Ever. Dee has a new book out today that is going on my Kindle PRONTO. You'll take one look at the cover and see why! Be sure to scroll down to read all about it.



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Twelve-year-old Skyler is in for a summer of adventure in Venice, Italy, as she pursues a dream opportunity in this hilarious MIX novel that’s a companion to The BFF Bucket List.

Skyler is about to go on the biggest adventure of her life. Her mother has been relocated to Venice, Italy, and there is the possibility it could be a permanent move. While there, Skyler will be blogging and writing about the city as part of an informal internship that could lead to bigger things for her if all goes well.

One of her fellow interns, Logan is cool, cute, and Australian. But the other intern, Zara, isn’t quite as nice, and seems determined to sabotage all of Skyler’s suggestions. And with a big assignment coming up, Skyler is stumped as to what to write about.

Skyler wishes she has someone to talk to, but the first person who comes to mind isn’t even on the same continent: her BFF, Ella. Skyler knows that Ella would probably have to solution to a lot of her problems, especially the writer’s block, but they didn’t leave on the best of terms after a bucket list went a little awry. Thanks to technology, Skyler and Ella slowly begin to talk like old times.

But when one of Skyler’s blog posts gets replaced with one she never intended anyone to see, she isn’t sure if she can ever belong anywhere. With the help of some Italian magic and her oldest friend, can Skyler learn to love her new city?

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Dee Romito is an author and former elementary teacher. Her middle grade books include THE BFF BUCKET LIST, NO PLACE LIKE HOME, and co-authored BEST. NIGHT. EVER. She blogs about writing at WriteforApples.com and is Co-Advisor of Buffalo-Niagara Children’s Writers and Illustrators. While she does her best to be a grown-up most of the time, giggling with her BFFs is still one of her all-time favorite things. You can visit her website at DeeRomito.com.

Learn more about Dee at deeromito.com.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Introducing Pet This Book and Play This Book by Jessica Young AND Poppy's Best Babies by Susan Eaddy

I have a new goal in life: to share a release day with one of my local writing friends. How cool would it be to share a launch party with another author? That's exactly what Jessica Young and Susan Eaddy did this past weekend. Here I am with Susan, Jessica, and Jessica's illustrator, Daniel Wiseman, at Sunday's book launch.




And today is the big book birthday! Be sure you scroll down to read about all three of these great new books!





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Play This Book: To start our show we need a band--maybe you can lend a hand! There are lots of ways little hands can make music. Each page of this interactive book invites readers to strum the guitar, slide the trombone, crash the cymbals, and more--no instruments required! With a delightful rhyming text and engaging illustrations, this book is full of instruments waiting to share their sounds. The only thing this band needs is YOU! Just use your imagination, turn the pages, and Play This Book!


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Pet This Book: Hello, friend! It's time to play! We're taking care of pets today. There are lots of ways little hands can care for animals. Each page of this book invites readers to pet the cat, wash the puppy, brush the horse's mane, and more--no animals required! With a delightful rhyming text and engaging illustrations, this book is full of pets who can't wait to play. The only thing they need is YOU! Just use your imagination, turn the pages, and Pet This Book!

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Bio:

Jessica Young grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The same things make her happy now as when she was a kid: dancing, painting, music, digging in the dirt, picnics, reading, and writing. She lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee. When she was little, she wanted to be a tap-dancing flight attendant/veterinarian, but she's changed her mind!

Jessica's award-winning debut picture book, MY BLUE IS HAPPY (2013, Candlewick Press) is a 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Highly Commended Title and was included on the 2014 Bank Street College of Education Best Books of the Year for Children and Young Adults, the Texas Library Association's 2014 2×2 Reading List, the Ontario Library Association’s Best Bets 2013 and 2015 Forest of Reading Blue Spruce list, the 2016-2017 Volunteer State Book Award list, the 2016 Ladybug Award list, and the Library of Congress/Center for the Book’s 52 Great Reads list. She is also the author of SPY GUY THE NOT-SO-SECRET AGENT (2015, Harcourt Children’s Books), the FINLEY FLOWERS chapter book series (2015, Capstone Young Readers), the HAGGIS AND TANK UNLEASHED early chapter book series (2016, Scholastic Branches), and the upcoming PLAY THIS BOOK and PET THIS BOOK (Bloomsbury, 2018). When she's not writing, Jessica loves doing school visits and sharing her books and writing process with students.






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Poppy, the little rabbit with a big personality, has a BIG problem--new baby twins!

Poppy is thrilled when her grandmother comes to help with the new babies. But when the twins keep GeeGee too busy to play, Poppy's jealousy spirals out of control. After some thinking time, Poppy finds a way to use her talent and creativity to welcome both her grandmother and her little sisters. An honest and heartwarming look at sibling rivalry, and readers will identify with Poppy as she struggles with sibling rivalry--and cheer when her big heart helps her overcome her negative feelings.

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Susan Eaddy begins her job every day with clean hands. Within 15 minutes those hands are bright green, or purple, or whatever! Susan works in her attic studio playing with clay and writing picture books. She was an Art Director for fifteen years, during which time she won international 3D illustration awards and a Grammy nomination. 

Her clay illustrated books include Papa Fish’s Lullaby by Patricia Hubbell, My Love for You is the Sun, by Julie Hedlund and three First Looks at Vehicles published with the Smithsonian Institution.


She is the author of Poppy’s Best Paper, published with Charlesbridge. Poppy’s Best Babies will be released in 2018. She loves to travel and has used the opportunity to do school visits anywhere in the world from Taiwan to Alabama to Hong Kong to Brazil.

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Introducing Freefall Summer by Tracy Barrett

I've always wanted to be the adventurous, "jump out of a plane" sort of person. SO not me, even as a teenager. But Tracy Barrett's new book includes a main character who works at a drop zone. If I can't live those adventures, at least I can read about them!



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Fans of Sarah Dessen and Gayle Forman's emotionally-charged novels will laugh and cry with Clancy Edwards as she learns about taking chances and letting go during one unforgettable summer at her family's skydiving drop zone.

Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her beautiful, daring mother died in a skydiving accident, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad's rules and her boyfriend's protectiveness, she's longing for an escape. 

Then Clancy meets Denny, a college freshman and new skydiving student at the drop zone where she works. Clancy lets him think she's the same age. But the lies snowball over the summer and suddenly Clancy isn't the person she wants to be. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so--maybe forever.

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Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes.
Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California. She majored in Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years. She lives in Tennessee with her 6’7” husband (also a former skydiver), a rescue cat, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Introducing Too Much Space! By Jonathan Roth

I've been eagerly awaiting the release of this fun new series by Jonathan Roth. It's always exciting to watch a debut author when that first book comes out, especially when it's as adorable as this one. Scroll down to read all about it and buy your copy!




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Meet space-school attendee Bob and his alien bestie Beep in this start to an outrageously funny and action-packed chapter book series that’s great for “kids who love funny stories but may be too young for books like ­Diary of a Wimpy Kid” (School Library Journal) from debut author Jonathan Roth!

Astro Elementary is a school near Saturn attended by the bravest, brightest, most elite kids in the galaxy…and Bob. Bob never wanted to go to fourth grade in dark, dangerous space. He even tried to fail the admissions test by bubbling in “C” for every answer—and turned out to be the only kid on Earth to get a perfect score!

Bob feels he couldn’t be more misplaced at his school—until he meets Beep. Beep is an alien from the planet Orth who was kicked off his home world for being too small. The instant Bob finds him, Beep adopts Bob as his new mother. Soon Bob can’t turn around without bumping into Beep’s squishy little body. Together, they make the perfect team. And Bob logs their adventures on his space blog, or SPLOG, with Beep providing the illustrations.

In their first adventure, Bob is humiliated on a field trip to Pluto when his tongue gets stuck to the ice. Not even Beep can keep Bob from becoming the laughing stock of the school. Bob has to find a way to completely change his personality, just in time for their next treacherous field trip—to the gaping mouth of a super massive black hole!

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Author-illustrator Jonathan Roth is a public elementary school art teacher in Maryland who likes reading, writing, drawing, cycling, and napping. Though he has never left Earth, he has met four of the astronauts who have gone to the moon. Beep and Bob is his first series.




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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Introducing The Art of the Swap by Kristine Asselin and Jen Malone

I'm a sucker for a good mystery, especially one involving tween girls who get to swap time periods! This book has both, which is what makes me so excited to read it!




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Freaky Friday meets Downton Abbey in this middle-grade mystery that features a modern-day twelve-year-old switching bodies with a Gilded Age heiress in order to solve a famous art heist.

Hannah Jordan lives in a museum…well, sort of. She is the daughter of the caretaker for mansion-turned-museum The Elms in Newport, Rhode Island. Hannah’s captivated by stories of The Elms’s original occupants, especially Maggie Dunlap, the tween heiress subject of a painting that went missing during a legendary art heist in 1905.

But when a mysterious mirror allows Hannah and Maggie to switch places in time, suddenly Hannah is racing to stop the heist from happening, while Maggie gets an introduction to iPhones, soccer (which girls can play!), and freedoms like exploring without supervision. Not to mention the best invention of all: sweatpants (so long, corsets!).

As the hours tick off to the art heist, something’s not adding up. Can the girls work together against time—and across it—to set things right? Or will their temporary swap become a permanent trade?

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Kristine Asselin is the author of several works of children’s nonfiction as well as the YA novel Any Way You Slice It. She loves being a Girl Scout leader and volunteering with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is a sucker for a good love song (preferably from the 80s), and can’t resist an invitation for Chinese food or ice cream (but not at the same time). She lives in Central Massachusetts with her teen daughter and husband, and spends part of everyday looking for a TARDIS to steal or borrow. You can find Kris online at KristineAsselin.com.


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Jen Malone is a former Hollywood publicist who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star’s tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. Jen is also the author of the middle grade novels At Your Service and The Art of the Swap, coauthor of the You’re Invited series, and wrote the YA novels Map to the Stars and Wanderlost. You can visit her online at JenMaloneWrites.com.


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Friday, February 09, 2018

Introducing Feud by Phyllis Bourne

There are some people who just make this world a better place. Phyllis Bourne is one of those people. I recommend surrounding yourself with positive, happy, giving people like her! And today she has a new book out that has the best cover I've seen in a while!



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An inherited house that comes complete with a tall, dark and sexy neighbor – it’s a romance no-brainer, right?

Until Alexandra Bridges learns of the hundred-year old family feud that makes the hunk next door her sworn enemy for life.

The man has a body that makes Alex want to make love, not war. But there is an additional quarter million-dollar inheritance at stake. She’ll have to run him out of the neighborhood to become the legendary feud’s sole survivor – if he doesn’t run her out first. 

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A former newspaper crime reporter, Phyllis Bourne writes to feed a growing lipstick addiction. A nominee for Romance Writer's of America's 2016 RITA® award and a two-time Golden Heart finalist, she has also been nominated for an RT BOOKReviews Reviewer's Choice Award and won Georgia Romance Writer's prestigious Maggie Award of Excellence.

When she's not at the computer, Phyllis can be found at a cosmetics counter spending the grocery money. She lives in Nashville with an understanding husband, who in one kiss can discern the difference between a department store and drug store lip gloss. 

Check her out at www.phyllisbourne.com and www.facebook.com/phyllisbournebooks.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Introducing Marabel and the Book of Fate by Tracy Barrett

I grew up reading charming fantasy books, so I still have a special place in my heart for them. Today marks the debut of a book that is sure to become a favorite of every tween who reads it.




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Free-spirited Marabel must defy expectations to rescue her brother--and their kingdom--in this charming, action-packed, and magical story perfect for fans of Ella Enchanted and Dealing with Dragons.

In Magikos, life is dictated by the Book of Fate's ancient predictions, including the birth of a royal Chosen One who will save the realm. Princess Marabel has grown up in the shadow of her twin brother, Marco, who everyone assumes is the true Chosen One. While Marco is adored and given every opportunity, Marabel is overlooked and has to practice her sword fighting in secret.

But on the night of their thirteenth birthday, Marco is kidnapped by an evil queen, and Marabel runs to his rescue. Outside the castle walls for the first time, accompanied by her best friend and a very smug unicorn, Marabel embarks on a daring mission that brings her face-to-face with fairies, trolls, giants--and the possibility that all is not as it seems in Magikos.

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Tracy Barrett has written more than twenty books for children and young adults. She’s much too interested in too many things to stick to one genre, and has published nonfiction as well as historical fiction, mysteries, fantasy, time travel, myth and fairy-tale retellings, and contemporary realistic novels. She knows more about ancient Greece and Rome and the European Middle Ages than anyone really needs to know, can read lots of dead languages, and used to jump out of airplanes.

Tracy grew up near New York City, and went to college in New England and graduate school in California. She majored in Classics and earned a Ph.D. in Medieval Italian. She was awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to study medieval women writers and won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Work-in-Progress Grant in 2005. She taught Italian and other subjects at Vanderbilt University for almost thirty years. She lives in Tennessee with her 6’7” husband (also a former skydiver), a rescue cat, and two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Introducing Sing Like Nobody’s Listening by Allison Gutknecht

Sorry I've been quiet lately--I've been busy writing, writing, writing! Today I come out of hiding to celebrate a fun new book release. I can't wait to dive into this one!



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In the tradition of Pitch Perfect, two best friends battle it out for a capella group supremacy in this hilarious M!X novel.

Wylie Tennyson and Jada Emmett have been best friends forever. They have done everything together for so long that when Jada decides to try out for their middle school’s spring musical production, it was only natural for Wylie to audition as well. After all, how fun would it be to be in the chorus together? The only problem is that Jada has her sights set on much more than the chorus—she’s going after one of the lead parts, and wants Wylie to step aside to give her a better shot.

Taking a cue from her new favorite television show, Non-Instrumental, Wylie decides to start her middle school’s very first a cappella group. She wants to show Jada that it’s much better to be part of a team’s success than it is to stand under the spotlight alone. This is a great idea, in theory, until Wylie has trouble actually recruiting anyone to join her group. And it doesn’t help when Jada decides to form her own…


Can Jada and Wylie find a way to fix things before their battle for vocal supremacy destroys their forever friendship for good?

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Allison Gutknecht is the author of the Mandy Berr series, beginning with Don't Wear Polka-Dot Underwear with White Pants (and Other Lessons I've Learned). After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, she earned her master's degree in Children's Media and Literature from NYU. Allison grew up in Voorhees, NJ, and now lives in New York City with her rambunctious toy poodle, Gypsy, and her literate cat, Folly.


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