Thursday, February 12, 2009

Catching Up with Some of Our Favorite Authors...

I thought it might be fun to find out what some of our favorite authors are up to these days. So I went online to do some digging and here's what I've discovered...

Ellen Potter

Ms. Potter is promoting a new short story contest for young writers. The contest is open to all children in the U.S. who are between the ages of 9 and 13. Details are available on her website and all entries must be received by 6/15/09. In addition, the paperback edition of her third Olivia Kidney book, Olivia Kidney and the Secret Beneath the City, was just released on January 8, 2009 and she has a new book coming out on May 14th called Slob:

Twelve-year-old Owen Birnbaum is the fattest kid in school. But he’s also a genius who invents cool contraptions— like a TV that shows the past. Something happened two years ago that he needs to see. But genius or not, there is much Owen can’t outthink. Like his gym coach, who’s on a mission to humiliate him. Or the way his Oreos keep disappearing from his lunch. He’s sure that if he can only get the TV to work, things will start to make sense. But it will take a revelation for Owen, not science, to see the answer’s not in the past, but the present. That no matter how large he is on the outside, he doesn’t have to feel small on the inside.

Grace Lin

In June 2009, Ms. Lin's beautiful new book, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon will be released.

In the valley of Fruitless mountain, a young girl named Minli lives in a ramshackle hut with her parents. In the evenings, her father regales her with old folktales of the Jade Dragon and the Old Man on the Moon, who knows the answers to all of life's questions. Inspired by these stories, Minli sets off on an extraordinary journey to find the Old Man on the Moon to ask him how she can change her family's fortune. She encounters an assorted cast of characters and magical creatures along the way, including a dragon who accompanies her on her quest for the ultimate answer.

Marlane Kennedy

Ms. Kennedy's new book, The Dog Days of Charlotte Hayes, will be released on March 17, 2009.

It's not that Charlotte hates dogs. Or that she wants all of them to disappear off the face of the planet. It's just that she doesn't see why everyone loves them so much.
So how did she get stuck taking care of a big, drooling Saint Bernard puppy? Rain or shine, hot or cold, poor Beauregard is left chained in the backyard. No one ever plays with him or checks his food and water bowls, and Charlotte can tell he's sad. So she makes sure he has water, gives him belly rubs—blech!—and feeds him every single day. But it's kind of a pain, and she knows Beauregard deserves better. There's a new girl at school who lives in a huge house—plenty of room there for a big dog.
Charlotte has an idea. Now all she needs is a plan. Maybe a lot of plans.
How do you rescue your own dog?

Nancy Springer

Ms. Springer's 5th Enola Holmes mystery, The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline, is due out on May 14, 2009. No details on what Enola's next case will be but I'm sure it will be a thrilling ride!

Hilary McKay
The paperback edition of Forever Rose, the last installment in the Casson Family series) will be released on April 7, 2009. She also has a new book coming out September 3, 2009 called Wish For Tomorrow: The Sequel to The Little Princess.

Hilary McKay revisits Miss Minchins' Select Seminary for Young Ladies after the events of The Little Princess and Sara Crew's happily ever after. But Sara is much missed - and most acutely by best friend Ermengarde, who laments that 'nothing is the same as it was before'. But life must go on at Miss Minchins' as new friendships are made, rivalries continued, lessons learned and, most importantly, fairytale endings are had.

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