Beth Ann Bauman is the author of the short story collection Beautiful Girls (MacAdam/Cage, 2003) and a young-adult novel Rosie and Skate (Wendy Lamb/Random House, 2009), which Booklist named a 2009 Top 10 First Novel for Youth. From the promotional copy:
It’s off-season at the Jersey shore, when the boardwalk belongs to the locals.
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Jill S. Alexander is the first-time author of The Sweetheart of Prosper County (Feiwel & Friends, 2009). From the promotional copy:
Almost-15-year-old Austin Gray is tired of standing at the curb and watching the parade pass her by. Literally. She decides this is the year she’ll ride on the hood of a shiny pickup truck in the annual parade,
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Penny Blubaugh is the first-time author of Serendipity Market (HarperTeen, 2009). From the promotional copy:
When Toby breathes on Mama Inez’s bird-shaped invitations, giving them the power to fly, plans for the Serendipity Market begin. Soon, eleven honored guests travel from afar and make their way to the storytellers’ tent to share their stories.
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Saundra Mitchell is the first-time author of Shadowed Summer (Delacorte, 2009). From the promotional copy:
Iris is ready for another hot, routine summer in her small Louisiana town, hanging around the Red Stripe grocery with her best friend, Collette, and traipsing through the cemetery telling each other spooky stories and pretending to cast spells.
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Donna St. Cyr is the debut author of The Secrets of the Cheese Syndicate (Blooming Tree/CBAY Books, 2009). From the promotional copy:
Robert Montasio didn’t think his day could get any worse until his sister drinks a bizarre soda that causes her to start shrinking. Robert’s only hope is a mysterious organization known as the Secret Cheese Syndicate.
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K.A. Holt is the debut author of Mike Stellar: Nerves of Steel (Random House, 2009). From the promotional copy:
Blast off to deep-space adventure and hijinks!
Things are not so stellar for Mike Stellar. He is stunned when his parents inform him that he has only eight hours to pack before they move to Mars.
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Kristina Springer is the debut author of The Espressologist (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009)(read her LJ). From the promotional copy:
What’s your drink of choice? Is it a small pumpkin spice latte? Then you’re lots of fun and a bit sassy. Or a medium americano? You prefer simplicity in life.
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Selene Castrovilla is the debut YA author of Saved By the Music (WestSide, 2009)(read her LJ). From the promotional copy:
The last place fifteen-year-old Willow wants to spend her summer is on a run-down former coffee barge in a boatyard in Rockaway in New York City. But that’s where her force-of-nature Aunt Agatha,
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Samantha R. Vamos is the first-time author of Before You Were Here, Mi Amor, illustrated by Santiago Cohen (Viking, 2009).
Could you tell us the story of “the call” or “the email” when you found out that your book had sold? How did you react? How did you celebrate?
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Joy Preble is the first-time author of Dreaming Anastasia (Sourcebooks, 2009). From the promotional copy:
Anastasia Romanov thought she would never feel more alone than when the gunfire started and her family began to fall around her. Surely the bullets would come for her next. But they didn’t.
Instead, two gnarled old hands reached for her.
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