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FORGIVE ME NOT by Jennifer Baker

I met Jennifer Baker at a writing retreat and I always thought she had such beautiful writing. Her debut YA novel, FORGIVE ME NOT, is not only both captivating and engaging,  it also offers an informative and critical lens into juvenile justice…
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THE HUNDRED LOVES OF JULIET by Evelyn Skye

I've been honored to feature Evelyn Skye's YA books Circle of Shadows and The Crown's Game. When I heard the premise of her new fantasy for adult readers, I couldn't wait to feature it. THE HUNDRED LOVES OF JULIET explores the nuances of love,…
Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko
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DOGTOWN by Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko

I've interviewed both Katherine Applegate and Gennifer Choldenko before, and when I heard they had co-written a book, I couldn't wait to feature it. DOGTOWN is a new Middle Grade novel set to debut on September 19, 2023. Dogtown is a shelter…
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AFTERMATH by Emily Barth Isler

I first heard about Emily Barth Isler's Middle Grade book AFTERMATH in a Children's Lit newsletter I get from Sharon Levin, and I immediately fell in love with the premise. Emily also has a book coming out next year called The Color of Sound,…
Nikki Shannon Smith
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Girls Survive: Lena and the Burning of Greenwood: A Tulsa Race Massacre Survival Story by Nikki Shannon Smith

I last featured Nikki Shannon Smith back when her book The Amazing Life of Azalea Lane came out. She now has mulitple books, including a Middle Grade Historical Fiction book in Girls Survive series, called LENA AND THE BURNING OF GREENWOOD,…
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LUNA'S YUM YUM DIM SUM and other books by Natasha Yim

I met Natasha Yim at the Green Gulch Creative Writing Retreat through SCBWI SF North & East Bay which occurs twice a year. At the retreat, I read a few of her books, and wanted to feature some of them below:   On Luna's birthday,…
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SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Sarah Kapit

When I saw the premise of SECOND CHANCE SUMMER by Sarah Kapit, I couldn't wait to feature it! Not only does it have a summer theater camp as its background, it also has an extremely engaging voice. Libraries should definitely get this one on…
Esme Symes-Smith
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SIR CALLIE AND THE CHAMPIONS OF HELSTON by Esme Symes-Smith

I found out about Sir Callie and the Champions of Helston at a book event I went to a few months back. This is the first in this Middle Grade Fantasy series, and the next book, Sir Callie and the Dragon's Roost is set to come out this coming…
Lisa Bunker author
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JOY, TO THE WORLD by Lisa Bunker and Kai Shappley

I met Lisa Bunker at a local author event, and as soon as I heard about her books, I knew I had to feature them. She has three books coming out this year, and the first, JOY, TO THE WORLD, co-written by trans activist Kai Shappley, is set to…
ortrait of Monica Wesolowska, author of _Holding Silvan: A Brief Life_, published in 2013 by Hawthorne Books of Portland, Oregon.
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ELBERT IN THE AIR by Monica Wesolowska

I met Monica at a recent writing retreat, and as soon as I heard about her latest picture book, ELBERT IN THE AIR, I couldn't wait to feature it.   A heartwarming story about unconditional love and rising above those who stand in…