Courtney Sheinmel's My So-Called Family was a September 2008 ALAN pick and it was featured as one of the four Most Promising October Releases for Teens!
The September/October issue of Instructor, Scholastic's venerable magazine for teachers, recommends "three must-read fantasies": The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and The Unnameables by our own Ellen Booraem. Nice company you keep, Ellen!
Kristin O'Donnell Tubb will be featured as the October Debut Author of the Month in the CWIM newsletter and on Alice Pope’s CWIM blog.
This week brought two great reviews for The Emerald Tablet by P. J. Hoover! Says Mrs. V at Mrs. V's Reviews, "Last night I stayed up later than I should because I just could not put down P.J. Hoover's The Emerald Tablet until I finished it!" Read the whole review here. Says Lenore at Presenting Lenore, "Eleanor did a guest review of this book for me back in July and she loved it. Now that I’ve read it I can see why." Read the whole review here. With The Emerald Tablet coming out in just a couple weeks, this is one book you don't want to miss!
Brooke Taylor's Undone and Jen Bradbury's Shift have been nominated for ALA Best Books for Young Adults. Double congratulations!
Brooke Taylor's Monster Month of Giveaways continues with Ghost Week--stop by a share your own ghost story to enter and win!
M.P. Barker's A Difficult Boy and Courtney Sheinmel's My So-Called Family were two of ALAN Online's September picks.
HarperTeen is giving a special sneak peek of Terri Clark's YA thriller, Sleepless. To read the first four chapters click here!
Five members of the Class of 2k8 will be touring Massachusetts and Connecticut in mid-October, presenting a panel discussion called "Networking for Writers and Readers, or How Many People Does It Take to Get a Book Written and Sold?"
The saying goes that "It takes a village to raise a child" -- in the literary world one might say, "It takes a village to publish a book." A common misconception is that writing is a solitary pursuit. Our panel will dispel that myth by describing the support networks that helped us on our journey from first word to finished product. Writers will pick up tips on creating networks of their own, and non-writers will gain insight into how many others (and who) it really takes to create that book that they hold in their hands. The panel will be at the Barnes & Noble store in Enfield, CT, on Thursday, October 16, at 4 p.m. (information: 860-745-7756); in Holyoke, MA, Friday, October 17, at 4 p.m (information: 413-532-1786); and in Worcester, MA, Saturday, October 18, at 2 p.m. (information: 508-853-2236). All events are free and open to the public. The panelists will be M.P. Barker (A Difficult Boy, Holiday House), Ellen Booraem (The Unnameables, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), Marissa Doyle (Bewitching Season, Henry Holt), N.A. Nelson (Bringing the Boy Home, HarperCollins), and Courtney Sheinmel (My So-Called Family, Simon & Schuster). For more information and an online media kit, go to: http://mpbarker.net/work3.htm
Come back on Monday to meet MG author Kristin O'Donnell Tubb!