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Author: Laura Manivong

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ALA picks HATE LIST for Great Stories Book Club!

ALA picks HATE LIST for Great Stories Book Club!

Jennifer Brown’s HATE LIST has been chosen for the American Library Association’s Great Stories Book Club, under the theme “Second Chances.” This program is targeted to underserved and at-risk teen populations in an attempt to reach them through books that take on subjects relevant to their lives. Read More Look for the paperback October 2010!
Brown, Jennifer

Brown, Jennifer

Author, columnist, All Around Good Guy…Jenifer Brown has been writing since, well, forever.

Two-time winner of the Erma Bombeck Global Humor Award (2005 & 2006), humor columnist for The Kansas City Star (winning the Missouri Writer’s Guild 2008 Conference Award for Best Newspaper Column), and Saturday Featured Blogger for Mom2Mom KC, Jennifer has been out to prove since childhood that being a smart-ass can, indeed, be considered “making a living.”

When not rolling her eyes and thinking up news ways to incorporate the words, “Ch-yeah,” “Puh-lease,” and “Hell-o!” into her writing, Jennifer is hard at work on her young adult fiction. Her debut novel, Hate List (Little, Brown), was released September 2009. Jennifer writes and lives in the Kansas City, Missouri area, with her three wonderful kids, adorable hubby, two cats, a boxer pup, and the best basset hound baby anyone could ever ask for.

Huliska-Beith, Laura

Huliska-Beith, Laura

Laura Huliska-Beith grew up in Omaha Nebraska, the oldest of five children. Her siblings and husband were the inspiration behind her first picture book, The Book of Bad Ideas (although she takes full credit for Bad Idea #143). Her parents, both avid readers (her mother, a teacher) were generous providers of paper, crayons, encouragement, support, and every craft media the 1970s offered.

After graduating from the Kansas City Art Institute, Laura went on to work as an artist at Hallmark Cards Inc. for several years before finally pursuing her dream of illustrating children’s books. Her love of visual story-telling has led her to illustrate many books including Violet’s Music by Angela Johnson, The Recess Queen by Alexis O’Neill and most recently The Worst Best Friend, also by Alexis O’Neill.

She lives in Kansas City Missouri with her husband Jeff, and their three dogs.

Buy Laura’s books at Amazon or Indiebound!

Little Piano Girl Launch Party

Little Piano Girl Launch Party

Celebrating the life of jazz legend Mary Lou Williams, with authors Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, and live music from Mark Lowrey

2010 is the Centennial of Mary Lou Williams’ birth, and Reading Reptile will host an evening with Ann Ingalls and Maryann Macdonald, co-authors of THE LITTLE PIANO GIRL, the newly released and beautifully illustrated picture book biography commemorating the life of Mary Lou Williams.

-Saturday, February 13th, from 6 – 8 pm

-Reservations requested: 816.7530441

-Copies available for purchase at the event (No books purchased outside the Reading Reptile will be admitted to the event.)

McCormick’s four new books released!

McCormick’s four new books released!

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Lisa Wade McCormick announces the release of four new non-fiction books with Capstone Press, all part of their Mysteries of Science series. And Lisa’s first story about The National Disaster Search Dog Foundation appears in the The Bark, now on newsstands. If you can’t find the magazine at your local book store, here’s a link:

http://thebark.com/content/rescue-doubled

Bridget Heos scores 3-book deal!

Bridget Heos scores 3-book deal!

ABLA logo Millbrook PressCongratulations are in order for Bridget Heos! Not only has Bridget secured representation with Kelly Sonnack at Andrea Brown Literary Agency, but Kelly has sold Bridget’s insect larvae parenting book to Carol Hinz at Millbrook Press, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, in a three book deal. The following two books will have a similar theme but incorporating different animals. The first book is due out in the Spring of 2011.

Schulte publishes two more books!

Schulte publishes two more books!

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Congratulations to Mary Schulte on her latest releases! Mary works as a photo editor and children’s book reviewer at The Kansas City Star and has nonfiction and fiction books published through Children’s Press/Scholastic, KidHaven Press, and Mason Crest.