Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Happy Book Birthday, TASTE TEST!

Happy Book Birthday to me!


Courtesty of www.twistedsifter.com



This is such a huge day -- today, I start a new job teaching college, I have an event/reading with some of the greatest authors I know (fellow Luckies Stephanie Kuehn, Ellen Oh, Alex Lidell, and Elisabeth Dahl), and, of course, it's TASTE TEST's release day. I feel happy, loved, and so SO excited!

And if you head on over to www.kellyfiorewrites.com, you can enter to win some pretty sweet swag and a signed copy of the book.



About TASTE TEST:

If you can grill it, smoke it, or fry it, Nora Henderson knows all about it. She’s been basting baby back ribs and pulling pork at her father’s barbeque joint since she was tall enough to reach the counter. When she’s accepted to Taste Test, a reality-television teen cooking competition, Nora can’t wait to leave her humble hometown behind, even if it means saying good-bye to her dad and her best friend, Billy. Once she’s on set, run-ins with her high-society roommate and the maddeningly handsome—not to mention talented—son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, mean Nora must work even harder to prove herself. But as mysterious accidents plague the kitchen arena, protecting her heart from one annoyingly charming fellow contestant in particular becomes the least of her concerns. Someone is conducting real-life eliminations, and if Nora doesn’t figure out who, she could be next to get chopped for good.

With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all


Praise for TASTE TEST:

Debut author Fiore persuasively details the constraints of being on this kind of show, from the strict security measures to the way producers try to pump up rivalries to increase ratings... Justice, love, and the best chef prevail…

PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

This debut about a reality show for young chefs has enough spice to keep readers feasting all the way through.Contestants may lose, but readers won’t.

KIRKUS REVIEWS


Where can you get TASTE TEST? I'm so glad you asked!

Barnes & Noble

Amazon




Kelly Fiore lives and writes in Central Maryland. She loves 80s hair metal, cooking, spa days, and wearing flip-flops. TASTE TEST is her debut novel. You can find Kelly at www.kellyfiorewrites.com.




Wednesday, August 21, 2013

10 Questions with Karen Harrington

With Polly Holyoke




Author Karen Harrington is celebrating the release of her middlegrade debut, SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, this week. This wonderful new novel has already garnered a galaxy of starred reviews from industry journals. It was recently listed in Entertainment Weekly’s August calendar AND Publishers Weekly named it one of the best books for the week of August 19! I’m not the least bit surprised by these accolades because SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY is a fearless and heartwarming story about the summer Sarah Nelson experiences her first crush, makes new friends and comes to terms with her mother’s mental illness.

But Gary Schmidt, award-winning author of The Wednesday Wars, said it so much better than I can:

 "Sarah Nelson faces her life squarely, with a heroism that makes us cheer for humanity's courage, wit, and guts. Hers is a compelling journey that takes us into that most fragile place: hope. You will be glad you journeyed there with her."

Karen and I recently sat down over coffee and I tossed out a few questions. (Because we love James Lipton's Inside The Actors' Studio final 10 question format on Bravo, we took those questions and modified them for writers.)

PH: What is your favorite book?

Karen: You’re kidding, right? One book? I would have to say The Bible because not only is it a book of life wisdom, but I think people forget how much powerful, dramatic, poetic language it contains in addition to being the ORIGINAL Hero’s Journey.

PH: What is your favorite word?

Karen: My favorite word changes on a regular basis. Lately, I’m very fond of incandescent and I’m trying to work it into every day conversations such as, “Polly, you really look incandescent in that color.” 

PH: Why, thank you Karen, and I have to say you are looking incandescent over the prospect of SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY’s release. What is your least favorite word?

Karen: Hate. I dislike how this is misused as in “I hate tuna fish.” Hate is a strong word and shouldn’t be bandied about. (Oh, wait, now bandied is my new favorite word.)

PH: What was the moment/experience in your life that made you KNOW you wanted to write?

Karen: I think it was in the sixth grade. My English teacher was a published author and he made a huge impact on me. I’d never met an actual published author before and he was so passionate about words and writing great imagery. It’s a good motivator to have a teacher you want to impress.

PH: What’s the best writing advice you’ve received?

Karen: Write the first draft with your heart, not your head.

PH: What writing tool can you not live without?

Karen: Spiral notebooks. When I’m developing a new story, a notebook is with me at all times. Right now, my spiral notebook is purple and I get panicky if I can’t find it.

PH: What turns you on creatively?

Karen: Reading. When I read a great story or even a paragraph, it makes me want to write. I get inspired by writing. It’s like seeing a top athlete or musician: you recognize how many hours went into that kind of perfection. It’s the same for me and terrific writing. I want to run and get my notebook and put in those long hours when I’m in the presence of dazzling prose.

PH: What turns you off creatively?

Karen: Spending time on the internet and reading about writers who have published 40 novels by the age of 25. I have to turn that noise off. 

PH: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Karen: A tour guide. I’d love to travel for a living and introduce people to English castles or ancient ruins. But since I have a horrible sense of direction and get lost in my own town, I’d make a terrible tour guide.

PH: What profession would you NOT like to do?

Karen: A telemarketer. It takes a lot of moxie to call strangers during the dinner hour.


That concludes our chat for today. You can read our earlier chat about my writing and book, The Neptune Project, at http://thelucky13s.blogspot.com/2013/05/10-questions-with-polly-holyoke-author.html. Thank you for joining us!

If you'd like to learn more about Karen, you can visit her website:

www.karenharringtonbooks.com

You can also contact her on twitter:
@ka_harrington

 

Monday, August 19, 2013

Meanwhile... Middle Grade! How We Spent Our Summer

Here in the Lucky 13s, we have two middle grade books releasing this month-- both of them tomorrow!

Congratulations and a very happy book birthday goes to Karen Harrington and SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, and Teddy Steinkellner's TRASH CAN DAYS: A MIDDLE SCHOOL SAGA!



























We asked each of the MG Luckies: How did you spend your summer? Did you get any inspiration for your next or current MG novel during the lazy/busy days of summer?

Karen Harrington

For me, this summer has been a wonderful mix of being Mom's Taxi Service and finishing the final edits to my next middle-grade book COURAGE FOR BEGINNERS, out in summer 2014. The day after I sent in the final, FINAL manuscript, I took my girls out for an ICEE and we stayed by the pool for hours. Now, we're trying to slow the summer down by keeping our afternoons wide open and swimming and watching movies and reading. I have an inkling of a new story idea and I'm looking forward to writing (and getting a much needed haircut!) when they return to school.
www.karenharringtonbooks.com

Ari Goelman

The Path of Names takes place in a summer camp remarkably like the one I attended for around fourteen summers. Much of the novel is based on my real life experiences there, where I was frequently involved in solving murder mysteries and communicating with ghosts. Okay, the last bit isn't strictly speaking true. I solved no mysteries and communicated with no ghosts, despite a borderline obsession with Ouija boards when I was twelve. Still, there's no question that my experiences at summer camp inspired me when I was writing The Path of Names.
arigoelman.com


Caroline Carlson

I spent most of my summer working on the sequel to MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT. I also got to travel to England, where I visited the amazing collection of handwritten manuscripts in the British Library and hoped that some literary inspiration might transfer itself from Jane Austen's notebook to my own. I'll be spending these last few weeks of summer with my brainstorming notebook, starting to plot my next book.

carolinecarlsonbooks.com

Kit Grindstaff

My summer has been BUSY! Promo (including a Lucky 13s 7-author bookstore event near Boston!), setting up school visits, etc. But I just returned from a week with friends in New Hampshire; part work – 2 book signings – and part getaway, taking time to laze by a lake and read read read. As I devoured books surrounded by pines and blue sky, my mind relaxed and began wandering off into new adventures...so watch this space!

kitgrindstaff.com

Kristen Kittscher

It's been a fun, busy summer celebrating the release of THE WIG IN THE WINDOW with 15 different events on two coasts -- and not surprisingly, a summer short on actual writing! I'm hoping (praying?) that as I get more seasoned as a writer, I'll be able to switch more quickly between my full-time extrovert or full-time introvert modes. In the meantime, though, perhaps all the life experiences and impressions I've gathered during these fun months will fuel my imagination as I return to my writing bunker. The fun feedback from kids certainly inspires me!
www.kristenkittscher.com
 
Tara Sullivan

My book launched at the end of June, just two days after I stopped teaching for the year, and then I went to ALA in Chicago, did a book tour in the VA/DC area, and took a research trip to Haiti. Oh, and I finished the first draft of my second book by writing over 100 pages in 11 days. You know, little stuff. :)

www.TaraSullivanBooks.com



Tamera Will Wissinger

This has been a working summer and I traveled to Iowa, Illinois, and Georgia for several fun events. I was lucky enough to:
  • Celebrate GONE FISHING’s release near my hometown
  • Present a workshop to Iowa reading teachers
  • Participate on an ALA panel with 15 of my Class of 2k13 mates
  • Read from GONE FISHING at ALA’s Poetry Blast
  • Work with winning student artists and authors at the State Fish Art Expo
In addition to seeing family and friends, a highlight of the summer of 2013 was meeting dozens of kind and enthusiastic teachers, librarians, booksellers, students, and fellow authors (including many of The Lucky 13s!). As far as inspiration, I did get to sit by a persnickety gal on one of my flights. I kept quiet; I took notes.
www.tamerawillwissinger.com

Elisabeth Dahl

This summer, I took GENIE WISHES to bookstores in and around Chicago, Los Angeles, Berkeley, and Boston, meeting lots of wonderful kids, parents, teachers, librarians, booksellers, and fellow authors along the way. While I moved around, I was also teaching writing online through Johns Hopkins' Center for Talented Youth. My fifth through seventh grade students were a charming group with a notable gift for writing dialogue. Finally, this summer I also became one with a lime popsicle--or more like twenty or thirty boxes of them. I could say this was book research, but really it was just heat and greed--and oh they're so good I'm off to the freezer...
elisabethdahl.com

Barbara Brauner and James Iver Mattson


"We’ve had an OMG summer. We finished the first draft of OMG: Book 3 and sent it to our editor. We worked on the final copy edits for OMG: Book 2. And we made a little promo video for OMG: Book 1. (Premiering soon, if we can ever get it out of the evil clutches of iMovie.) OMG! No wonder we’re tired!"
www.braunermattson.com



Liesl Shurtliff

I spent my summer moving (blech) and drafting my next book Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk. (Yay!) Jack has a lot to do with plants and growing, so I was inspired by all the gardens and beautiful growing things this summer!

www.lieslshurtliff.com




Nancy Cavanaugh

My summer began with the anticipation of finally having time to do all the things I never have time to do. While I enjoyed having all that time, I accomplished almost nothing on my long "to do" list except for enjoying some very much needed R & R with my family. Now as August heads for September, my lazy days of summer will inspire me as I look forward to all the possibilities that come with the regular routine of fall.
www.nancyjcavanaugh.com


Jennifer Ann Mann

Summer is a great time to try something new, so I put my MG series aside and started a YA. Wow, how different! I loved the new freedom it gave me, along with the chance to hang out with a few shady characters...like Satan! Summer is so fun.

jenniferannmann.com




Polly Holyoke

I spent my summer driving to bookstores around the country and signing stock. It was wonderful to see how many kids, from Cleveland to Dallas, were in those stores reading books, looking at books and buying books. The publishing industry is in upheaval, but I was inspired and reassured to see those kids. I think children will always want and need good stories.

www.pollyholyoke.com



Peggy Eddleman

As for me, I alternated between slaving over edits for book two and preparing to launch book one, and having tons of fun. One of the highlights was going with my husband and kids to San Diego. We got a chance to go to Sea World, the beach, and Comic Con! We had a blast. I also got to spend some time in the mountains with a bunch of writers, working under starry skies.

peggyeddleman.com


How about you? Did you do anything fun or productive this summer? Tell us about it in the comments!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A Book Trailer? Excuses, excuses...

I recently posted this note on the bulletin board over my writing desk:

Fiction. 3 hours. No excuses.

Meaning DAILY. Meaning I need a reminder right now because I'm so full of excuses. Like writing this blog post. Like answering questions for online interviews. Like drafting talks that I’ll give to librarians this fall. Like laundry and groceries and even taking a shower. A shower! Puh-lease. Why wasn’t I born with a maintenance-free body? And sleep. Really? Just let me write fiction, okay?

But life happens. And a book trailer has happened, see?  

Click on the arrow above or watch the trailer here.

Designing a trailer is so different from writing fiction. It's fun. And the trailer is short—just under a minute—but lordy, so time-consuming! Yet another excuse not to write fiction.

I remind myself that I wrote two novels while I had a job and teenagers. One never sold and never will, but hey—I finished it. I used to get up early to write before heading to the office. I stopped seeing the kids off to school in the mornings, and you know what? They were fine. I saw them at dinner. It all worked, and over a few years my writing worked, too.

Now the kids are in college (but home for the summer, and thank goodness they sleep all morning) and I’ve resigned from the office job. But I’m frantic over the way everything other than fiction-writing demands my time. I tell myself: surely you can set aside three hours a day for fiction and handle the other demands during the rest of each day! But in this final month before the release of my debut, excuses abound.



“Cut yourself some slack,” friends tell me. “Enjoy every minute of your book launch and upcoming festivities!” And I think, yes, I will. And of course, I know this is a good problem to have.

But here’s the truth: I look forward to returning to the schedule I kept earlier this year: writing fiction six-to-eight hours a day. This is my job. And it keeps me sane. And I love it. And I want to give it more than three hours a day, but excuse me, I’ve got to go… there’s a blog interview waiting…


A.B. Westrick is the author of Brotherhood, a Junior Library Guild selection that Publishers Weekly calls "an impressive debut." You can read more about Brotherhood at her website, abwestrick.com, and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The 13th Day: Super-Awesome-Bomb-Diggity News

Some people may think that the number 13 is unlucky, but not those of us at The Lucky 13s!

In fact, we're celebrating the 13th day of each month by featuring all the fabulous stuff that's been happening to The Lucky 13s.

Please raise a glass to our super-awesome-bomb-diggity news.... 


Rachele Alpine's CANARY was released August 1 and is now available for purchase!


Caroline Carlson's MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT got a nice blurb from Sarah Prineas, author of THE MAGIC THIEF series and the SUMMERLANDS series:
"Avast! Pirates, magic, girl hero and a gargoyle sidekick? YES!! MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT is an amazing debut, a funny, rollicking adventure featuring a take-no-prisoners heroine and a cast of colorful characters. I eagerly look forward to the next book."


Also, it received a starred review from Publishers Weekly!


Ryan Graudin has a new 3 book deal!  Read about it here.


The International Reading Association's list of Children's Books that Make Us Linger features PARCHED by Melanie Crowder:

"Readers may be torn between savoring this book's language or gulping water to soothe the sympathetic dryness of their throats and racing to the book's conclusion to find out what would happen to the three main characters."

In a starred review, School Library Journal says about Tamera Wissinger’s GONE FISHING: 

"This novel in verse successfully builds a story filled with anticipation, family humor, and sibling rivalry. . . . Wissinger deftly plies her craft to ensure that the use of poetry enhances the readability of the story."

Ashley Elston's THE RULES FOR DISAPPEARING will be translated into Dutch and published by Veltman in Summer 2014!


Amanda Sun announced that RAIN, sequel to INK, will be out April 2014 from Harlequin TEEN.


Kristen Kittscher's THE WIG IN THE WINDOW landed on #5 on the Southern California Indie Bestseller Children's list in its release week, and recently popped back on again.


Also, School Library journal gave it a starred review: 

"This fast-paced, action-packed romp has all the ingredients of a great mystery, and it does not leave out the angst felt by so many middle schoolers. Readers will see themselves and their friends in Sophie and her classmates, and they will have a difficult time tearing themselves away.”

Emma Pass' ACID has been shortlisted for the Coventry Inspiration Book Award, in the 'Just the Book' (14+) category.

GILDED by Christina Farley received its first blurb from Beth Revis, NY Times bestselling author of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy:
"An amazing contemporary fantasy that explores the vast legends of Korea, this richly detailed novel kept me turning the pages well into the night. Jae Hwa starts off as a strong character and ends as a noble one, using both her brains and her brawn to win the day--she's exactly the kind of girl YA literature needs."

Elizabeth May announced that Falconer Fridays has begun over at Gollancz Fierce Fiction! Every week they’re going to be giving away signed ARCs of THE FALCONER, and revealing exclusive content, images and films to you! Follow Fierce Fiction on Tumblr, or follow the #FalconerFridays hashtag on Twitter.

Chelsea Pitcher's YA urban fantasy IMMORTAL SACRIFICE, and its sequel, sold to Flux in a 2-book deal!! Here's the link to her blog post about it, which includes the PM announcement.

Karen Harrington's SURE SIGNS OF CRAZY, debuting August 20th, not only received a starred review from School Library Journal, but was also selected as an Amazon Best Book of the Month for August. 

K A Barson's 45 POUNDS has received two starred reviews:
"Barson offers up a powerful and poignant novel about hope and love in the midst of common and controversial issues..." --Mirta Espinola, VOYA 

"Teens who struggle with their weight will find a funny, smart companion in Barson's charming heroine, and those who overlook or judge a classmate like Ann may find themselves taking a moment to get to know him or her. All readers will cheer for this winning character." --Jennifer M. Brown, Shelf Awareness 


To see more reviews, see www.45poundsmoreorless.com 


T. Michael Martin's THE END GAMES and Cat Winters's IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS made Booklist's Top 10 Horror Fiction for Youth list.

Laura Perenic of VOYA Magazine wrote in her review of Anne Westrick's BROTHERHOOD: 
“Great historical fiction always feels like a gift... BROTHERHOOD is neither tedious, nor didactic. Westrick skillfully leads the reader toward conclusions regarding racism; letting each epiphany occur organically. All the characters, dialogue, and action support each other deftly and with no filler."

The American Booksellers Association unveiled their 2013 ABC Best Books for Children titles, and eleven Luckies made the list!
Amanda Sun for INK (THE PAPER GODS)
Caroline Carlson for THE NEARLY HONORABLE LEAGUE OF PIRATES: MAGIC MARKS THE SPOT
Demitria Lunetta for IN THE AFTER
Mindy McGinnis for NOT A DROP TO DRINK
Eve Silver for RUSH
Megan Shepherd for THE MADMAN'S DAUGHTER
Evan Roskos for DR. BIRD'S ADVICE FOR SAD POETS
Amy Christine Parker for GATED
Liesl Shurtliff for RUMP: THE TRUE STORY OF RUMPLESTILTSKIN
Peggy Eddleman for SKY JUMPERS
Pat Zietlow Miller for SOPHIE'S SQUASH

Kristin Halbrook announced film rights to NOBODY BUT US!

Woo-hoo, Lucky 13s! 

Rachele Alpine's young adult comtemporary novel CANARY is available now. She blogs, or you can find her on FacebookTwitter, and her website.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

GATED and SOPHIE'S SQUASH Have a Book B-day!

Today two Luckies books were born into the world and we're so excited to celebrate them!!




SOPHIE'S SQUASH by Pat Zietlow Miller

Blurb: On a trip to the farmers' market with her parents, Sophie chooses a squash, but instead of letting her mom cook it, she names it Bernice. From then on, Sophie brings Bernice everywhere, despite her parents' gentle warnings that Bernice will begin to rot. As winter nears, Sophie does start to notice changes.... What's a girl to do when the squash she loves is in trouble? With absolutely delightful text by Pat Zietlow Miller and downright hilarious illustrations from Anne Wilsdorf, Sophie's Squash will be a fresh addition to any collection of autumn books.

Here's what Kirkus had to say in a starred review:

Miller's debut, in which a little girl affectionately adopts a butternut squash, is a winner.
After her parents buy that squash for dinner at the farmers' market, Sophie commandeers it, giving it a face with markers. It proves just the right size to hold, bounce on her knee and love. "I call her Bernice," Sophie says. "I'll call for a pizza," says her mother. Throughout the fall, Sophie coddles her veggie, attending library storytimes, visiting other squash at the farmers market and practicing somersaults near the garden. Her parents do their gentle best to suggest alternatives for the moldering squash, from a trip to the toy store to a donation to the food pantry. Sophie will have none of it. "Bernice will last forever." When even Sophie notices changes in Bernice, she asks a farmer what keeps a squash healthy. Her unique interpretation of his advice ("Fresh air. Good, clean dirt. A little love") yields, next spring and summer, delightful twin surprises. Wilsdorf's amusing ink-and-watercolor illustrations alternate between full-bleed spreads and spots. From her bouncy braids to her red shoes, Sophie's vibrant, determined nature shines forth charmingly.
This season-spanning turn with high-spirited Sophie offers endearing lessons about nurture and regeneration. (Picture book. 3-8)





GATED by Amy Christine Parker

Blurb: Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?

In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.

Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.


Here's what Kirkus had to say about GATED in a starred review:

This absorbing examination of a cult focuses on a teenage girl who begins to doubt their leader.

Lyla’s little sister was kidnapped in New York City 12 years ago, just before 9/11. Her inconsolable parents fell prey to a charismatic man calling himself Pioneer, who promised to keep them safe in the coming apocalypse thanks to knowledge received from aliens. They now live with about 20 other families in a walled-in agricultural community that hides a secret: They have dug a five-story-deep silo into the ground in which they intend to live for five years before the aliens come to rescue them. Pioneer controls his people closely, assigning the adolescents into marriages (Will is Lyla’s Intended) and insisting that everyone in the Community learn to shoot to kill, as he’s sure Outsiders will eventually attack them. Parker convincingly portrays the dynamics of a cult from the inside out, contriving events that will allow Lyla to learn the truth about Pioneer and nicely fitting Lyla’s rebellion against the Community into her natural adolescent rebellion. But if Lyla tries to warn the Community, will anyone believe her, or will she be trapped forever in the silo? Parker doesn’t pull punches, indicating a level of brutality that will appropriately disturb even as it successfully conveys Lyla’s complete entrapment in the Community.

Compelling and not that distant from real-world cults that have ended in tragedy. (Fiction. 14 & up)
 
Happy Book Birthdays. Luckies!!!
 
 
 


Thursday, August 1, 2013

CANARY Releases Today!!!

Today is Canary's birthday, and I'm over the moon with excitement that you're all finally able to read it!




About Canary:

Staying quiet will destroy her, but speaking up will destroy everyone.

Kate Franklin’s life changes for the better when her dad lands a job at Beacon Prep, an elite private school with one of the best basketball teams in the state. She begins to date a player on the team and quickly gets caught up in a world of idolatry and entitlement, learning that there are perks to being an athlete.

But those perks also come with a price. Another player takes his power too far and Kate is assaulted at a party. Although she knows she should speak out, her dad’s vehemently against it and so, like a canary sent into a mine to test toxicity levels and protect miners, Kate alone breathes the poisonous secrets to protect her dad and the team. The world that Kate was once welcomed into is now her worst enemy, and she must decide whether to stay silent or expose the corruption, destroying her father’s career and bringing down a town’s heroes.

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Praise for Canary:

"A searing and tender portrait of the complexities of high school friendships, dating and privilege. CANARY is a testament to the power of hard-won truths."
~Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and WHEN YOU WERE HERE

"The subtle way Rachele Alpine addresses love, loss, popularity, and friendship makes this book a realistic and arresting read. For anyone who ever struggled with frenemies and fitting in, CANARY is an important addition to contemporary YA discussions."
~Jennifer Brown, author of THE HATE LIST

"In an engrossing, carefully unfolding drama, sophomore Kate Franklin adjusts to a new school, a powerful set of friends and a family that is falling apart...Overall, a sophisticated, evocative portrait of a teen girl finding her place among peers and family. (Fiction. 14-18)"
~Kirkus

"Rachele Alpine's CANARY sings the truth about what happens when we put our high school heroes on a pedestal and give them the power to act like villains."
~Erin Jade Lange, author of BUTTER

"Alpine’s Canary is a deeply-felt, poignant account of someone trying to find strength in a world that has hurled its worst at her. Alpine has created a compelling narrator in Kate and the challenges she must face are both realistic and heartbreaking."
~Colleen Clayton, author of WHAT HAPPENS NEXT


About Rachele:

Rachele Alpine is a lover of sushi, coffee, and Michael Jackson. One of her first jobs was at a library, but it didn’t last long, because all she did was hide in the third-floor stacks and read. Now she’s a little more careful about when and where she indulges her reading habit. By day she’s a high school English teacher, and by night she writes with the companionship of the world’s cutest dog, Radley, a big cup of coffee, and a full bag of gummy peaches. Rachele lives with her husband in Cleveland, Ohio, but dreams of moving back to Boston, the city she fell in love with while attending graduate school there.

Connect with Rachele Online:

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Happy happy reading!!!