Survivors: Lisa Yee on Thriving as a Long-Time, Actively Publishing Children’s-YA Author

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Lisa Yee is a successful children’s-YA author with a long, distinguished career.

In children’s-YA writing, maintaining an active publishing career is arguably an even bigger challenge than breaking into the field.

Reflecting on your personal journey (creatively, career-wise, and your writer-artist’s heart), what bumps did you encounter and how have you managed to defy the odds to achieve continued success? 

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New Voice: Laney Nielson on Peppermint Cocoa Crushes

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Laney Nielson is the debut author of Peppermint Cocoa Crushes (Skypony, 2017). From the promotional copy:

Sasha is so excited for her school’s Winter Variety Show! She and her best friends, twins Karly and Kevin, have been working on a song and dance routine for it, with super cute candy cane costumes. 


Sasha is sure they’ll be the best.

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Reaching for Sun by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer

Congratulations to Tracie Vaughn Zimmer on the release of Reaching for Sun (Bloomsbury, 2007)!

Promo copy: “Josie Wyatt knows what it means to be different. Her family’s small farmhouse seems to shrink each time another new mansion goes up behind it. Her mom is demanding, her gran is opinionated, and her father–well, she’s never known him. Then there’s her cerebral palsy: even if Josie wants to forget that she was born with a disability,

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