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Our debut year may have ended, but the good news keeps rolling in. Here you’ll find personal triumphs, goals met, publishing announcements, honors and awards, advance praise for our follow up books, and any other information that we simply can’t keep to ourselves any longer.

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Rump is a 2013 Whitney Award Finalist, a Texas Bluebonnet Award Book for 2014-15, The Mock Newberry Award winner at Anderson’s Bookshop, and a 2013 Nerdy Book Award Winner!

Praise for RUMP by Liesl Shurtlif:

Liesl Shurtliff does more than spin words into gold—she gets us rooting for Rumpelstiltskin, a        most magical feat.” —Kirby Larson, Newbery Honor-winning author of Hattie Big Sky.

Lighthearted and inventive, Rump amusingly expands a classic tale.” —Brandon Mull, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Fablehaven.

People Magazine, August 12, 2013:
“A fresh riff on the Grimm Brothers’ Rumpelstiltskin, told with wit from the impish point of view of the troublemaker himself.”

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, March 15, 2013:
“As good as gold.”

The Denver Post, May 6, 2013:
“A startlingly original book.”

School Library Journal, May, 2013:
“A beguiling take on a classic tale…. This captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor.”

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GONE FISHING is an American Library Association ALSC 2014 Notable Children’s Book, a 2013 Nerdy Poetry Book Award Winner, and a 2013 Best of the Best of Chicago Public Library Books!

Publishers Weekly gave Tamera Will Wissinger’s GONE FISHING (March 2013) a good review:“Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling.”

Kirkus gave GONE FISHING a nice review: A playful verse narrative of the joys and perils of a family fishing trip…this tender, well-crafted sibling story should hook many readers.

School Library Journal gave GONE FISHING a Starred Review. “Just the thing for readers with a burgeoning interest in poetry—or angling.”

JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD selected GONE FISHING for their Spring 2013 catalog!

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HOOKED is a YALSA Best YA Fiction NomineeKirkus Reviews gave Liz Fichera’s HOOKED (January 2013) a starred review:

“Not just a Romeo and Juliet story, the book examines the conflicts of white versus Indian and rich versus poor, giving it far more heft than the average romance. Bravo.”


PLAYED (Hooked #2) by Liz Fichera arrives May 27, 2014

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Publishers Weekly gave Caela Carter’s ME HIM THEM AND IT (February 2013) a good review:

“Carter doesn’t sugarcoat the pain and complications that result from Evelyn’s choice. If anything, readers are left to ponder whether there are such things as “right” decisions for girls in Evelyn’s situation.”

MY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE by Caela Carter arrives June 3, 2014!

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Publishers Weekly gave Alex Lidel’s THE CADET OF TILDOR (January 2013) a good review:

“Lidell packs a great deal into her story: the romantic tension between Renee and Savoy (which, due to their teacher-student dynamic, wavers between uncomfortable and enticing) vies for space with the impending civil war, powerful magic-wielding mages, a black market drug trade, and more.”

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16099325JUNIOR LIBRARY GUILD selected Tara Sullivan’s GOLDEN BOY for their Spring 2013 catalog!

“A commandingly written debut, Golden Boy is a moving, gorgeous account of what it means to feel profoundly different when the stakes are survival itself.”
-Eliot Schrefer, author of National Book Award Finalist, Endangered

GOLDEN BOY is a YALSA 2014 Top Ten Best Books for Young Adults!

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CharmStrange4CHARM & STRANGE by Stephanie Kuehn won the 2014 William C. Morris Award which “honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature.”

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ALL OUR YESTERDAYS by Cristin Terrill is a YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults Selection.

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THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke is on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List for 2014-15.

THE NEPTUNE PROJECT will be published as THE NEPTUNE CONSPIRACY by Puffin UK in June 2014. Disney Hyperion will be releasing Polly’s sequel, THE NEPTUNE CHALLENGE, in April 2015.

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