Date: December 4, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Barb Stuber’s Girl in Reverse is an NPR Best Book of 2014!

Happy to share that Barb Stuber’s Girl in Reverse is an NPR  Best Book of 2014! Congratulations, Barb!

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Date: November 1, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Tessa Elwood!

Congratulations to HWKT’s Tessa Elwood! Here’s the scoop from Publishers Weekly:

Running Press Gets ‘Hungry’ With Elwood
Tessa Elwood sold Hunger, Heart, Fuel, Nation to Lisa Cheng at Running Press. Cheng took world rights, in a two-book deal, to the YA novel from Victoria Marini at Gelfman Schneider. Marini said the novel is a “space Regency,” calling it “Game of Thrones in space.” In the novel, a girl takes her sister’s place “in an arranged political marriage between two intergalactic royal houses.” Marini added that the stakes are raised when the heroine finds “she may be the illegitimate daughter of her family’s sworn enemy.” Elwood is a Web designer and has worked for a number of YA authors, including Amy Zhang and Mindee Arnett.

Date: October 19, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Sue Gallion!

This just in: Sue Gallion’s PUG & PIG: TRICK OR TREAT, a companion to PUG & PIG that involves ill-fitting Halloween costumes and lots of mud; illustrated by Joyce Wan, to Andrea Welch at Beach Lane Books, for publication in Summer 2017, by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary representing Gallion and Teresa Kietlinski at Prospect Agency representing Wan (world). Congratulations, Sue!

Date: August 28, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Ann Ingalls!

J IS FOR JIVE by Ann Ingalls has been selected as one of the 30 best Indie picks by Publishers Weekly! Congratulations, Ann!

Date: July 30, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations x 2 to Anola Pickett!

Congratulations to Anola Pickett! Anola won MOSCBWI’s fall conference scholarship contest for her story KATE’S OCEAN GARDEN. The conference theme is Seeds of Success.

Anola also received word that THE PRIVATE WARS OF G. P. CALLAHAN has been awarded a letter of merit in SCBWI’s 2014 Work-in-Progress grant competition.


Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations x 2! Good news for Ann Ingalls & Sue Gallion!

Congratulations to two Heartlanders! Ann Ingalls announces two projects picked up by Schoolwide:
1. Thomas Garrett, Friend of Freedom (an Underground Railroad story) by Ann Ingalls
2. Tip and Tucker: Gone Missing! (a story about hamster friends, lost and found at school). Ann co-authored this title with good friend and writing critique partner, Sue Lowell Gallion.

Date: May 20, 2014
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Barbara Stuber!

Congratulations to Barbara Stuber! BarbStuberBGirlReverseCover‘s GIRL IN REVERSE was just released by Margaret K. McElderry Books.


When Lily was three, her mother put her up for adoption, then disappeared without a trace. Or so Lily was told. Lily grew up in her new family and tried to forget her past. But with the Korean War raging and fear of “commies” everywhere, Lily’s Asian heritage makes her a target. She is sick of the racism she faces, a fact her adoptive parents won’t take seriously. For Lily, war is everywhere—the dinner table, the halls at school, and especially within her own skin.

Date: October 7, 2013
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations x 3 to Sue Lowell Gallion!

Congratulations are in order for Sue Lowell Gallion! Sue’s PUG AND PIG won the 2013 Sue Alexander Most Promising New Work Award at the SCBWI-LA conference. In addition to that good news, Sue also announced the sale of PUG AND PIG to Allyn Johnston at Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. And last, but not least, Sue will now be represented by Karen Grencik of Red Fox Literary!

Date: June 25, 2013
Author: Judy Hyde

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Congratulations to Debra McArthur!

Debra McArthur’s middle grade historical novel A VOICE FOR KANZAS has been named as a Kansas Notable Book.

Date: June 3, 2013
Author: Judy Hyde

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New York Times review for MUSTACHE BABY by Bridget Heos! Congratulations!

Here’s the New York Times Sunday book review of MUSTACHE BABY, a new picture book by Heartlander Bridget Heos:

By Bridget Heos.
Illustrated by Joy Ang.
40 pp. Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin ­Harcourt. $16.99. (Picture book; ages 4 to 8)
You never know what you’ll get in the delivery room, and something isn’t quite right with this new baby. Mustachioed! “You’ll have to wait and see whether it is a good-guy mustache or a bad-guy mustache,” the nurse coolly informs his baffled family. Heos’s offbeat tale muses on the possibilities, playing off parental hopes and panicky nightmares. He could be a cowboy who cares for injured animals and mends broken fences. He could be a Spanish painter or a sword fighter. It’s hard to know what kind of person a child will grow up to be, especially as his mustache lengthens and curls unexpectedly. What if he becomes a cat burglar or a cereal criminal? Stay tuned.
“It is appropriate to pause and say that the writer is one who, embarking upon a task, does not know what to do.” – Donald Barthelme
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