New Voice: Nicole Maggi on Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy)

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Nicole Maggi is the first-time author of Winter Falls (Twin Willows Trilogy) (Medallion Press, 2014). From the promotional copy:

Sixteen-year-old Alessia Jacobs is dying to get out of her small town of Twin Willows, Maine. 

Things start looking up when a new family comes to town—but when she falls for Jonah, their mysterious son,

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New Voices Interview: Trisha Leaver & Lindsay Currie on Creed

By Karen Rock

From the promotional copy of Creed by Trisha Leaver and Lindsay Currie (Flux, 2014):

Three of us went in. 
Three of us came out. 
None even a shadow of who they once were.



When their car breaks down in the middle of nowhere,

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New Voice: Matt Phelan on Druthers

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Matt Phelan is the first-time author of Druthers (Candlewick, 2014). From the promotional copy:

With warmth and humor, award-winning author-illustrator Matt Phelan follows a child as she leads her daddy on some rainy-day flights of fancy.


It’s raining and raining and raining, and Penelope is bored. “What would you do if you had your druthers?”

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New Voices: Kirsten Lopresti on Bright Coin Moon

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Kirsten Lopresti
is the first-time author of Bright Coin Moon (Sky Pony Press, 2014)(author blog). From the promotional copy:

Seventeen-year-old Lindsey Allen is an A-student who has her heart set on becoming an astronomer. But first she must break away from her mother, an eccentric failed beauty queen who has set up a phony psychic reading shop in their Oregon garage.

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Guest Interview: Lindsey Lane on A Heap of Talking with Edward Carey

Edward in Edward Gorey‘s coat; photo by Allison Devers

By Lindsey Lane

I am sitting at Sweetish Hill Bakery & Cafe, waiting to interview Edward Carey, author of the forthcoming middle grade/YA novel Heap House, Iremonger Book One.

If I’d read his bio before the interview, I might be a little bit intimidated.

Not only is Carey the author of two adult novels,

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New Voice: Tracy Holczer on The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Teacher’s Guide & Excerpt

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Tracy Holczer is the first-time author of The Secret Hum of a Daisy (Putnam, 2014). From the promotional copy:

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place like gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. She thinks she’s found it with Mrs.

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New Voice: Christine Kohler on No Surrender Soldier

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Christine Kohler is the first-time author of No Surrender Soldier (Merit Press, 2014). From the promotional copy:

A young man, an old soldier, and a terrible injustice. Should the punishment be death?



Growing up on Guam in 1972, fifteen-year-old Kiko is beset by worries: He’s never kissed a girl,

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New Voice: David Zeltser on Lug, Dawn Of The Ice Age

Curriculum Resources

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

David Zeltser is the first-time author of Lug, Dawn Of The Ice Age: How One Small Boy Saved Our Big, Dumb Species (Egmont, 2014). From the promotional copy:

In Lug’s Stone Age clan, a caveboy becomes a caveman by catching a jungle llama and riding it against the rival Boar Rider clan in the Big Game. 

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Guest Post: Simon Nicholson on An Alternative History & Investigator of Mystery

Excerpt, educator’s guide & more information!

By Simon Nicholson

I was reading books about Houdini. It seemed to me one of the most exciting things about him was that, as well as being the world’s most famous illusionist, he also devoted much of his life to doing battle against “magic”.

Enraged at the thought of ordinary people being exploited, he worked ceaselessly to expose fake séances,

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