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Kasten, Jeanne

Kasten, Jeanne

Current projects include: learning to write a short story, writing a journal of letters for my granddaughter, and other short creative writing projects for practice.

Adelsperger, Charlotte

Adelsperger, Charlotte

Charlotte Adelsperger, a former third grade teacher, writes fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children and adults. Author of three books for adults, she has written material for all ages in more than 200 publications and compilations. Charlotte’s narrative article about the 1956 Andrea Doria shipwreck appeared in Cricket, October 2009. Her stories appear regularly in Focus on the Family’s Clubhouse and Clubhouse, Jr. She has taught writers’ workshops in six states. Her first book was for adults: When Your Child…

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McCormick Takes Top Prize

McCormick Takes Top Prize

Congratulations to Lisa McCormick who won first place honors in the 2009 Missouri Writer’s Guild Contest for Best Juvenile Short Work. Her story, “The Gift of Giving,” appeared in Dogs for Kids magazine and featured kids who asked their families and friends to make donations to animal organizations instead of giving them presents for the special events in their lives. Great work, Lisa!

KS SCBWI Workshop 5-2-09

KS SCBWI Workshop 5-2-09

Writers at Work—2009 KS SCBWI Event: Strong Words Saturday, May 2nd, 9:30 to 3:30 Mardel Meeting Room, 119th & Blue Valley Parkway, Overland Park Impressed by the word choice of other authors? Want your prose to stand out? We’ll work on how to make our words strong, plus you’ll have the opportunity for a short critique of your work. Here’s the lineup:

Margaret K. McElderry Buys Stuber’s First Novel

Margaret K. McElderry Buys Stuber’s First Novel

Barb Stuber has sold her first young adult novel, CROSSING THE TRACKS, to Karen Wojtyla, executive editor at Margaret K. McElderry, a division of Simon and Schuster, due for release in 2010. Wojtyla said the novel is lyrical and haunting, wrapped her in an embrace and spoke to her heart. Barb is represented by Ginger Knolwton at Curtis Brown, Ltd.

Bunce Wins ALA’s YA Debut Award!

Bunce Wins ALA’s YA Debut Award!

Elizabeth C. Bunce’s  A CURSE DARK AS GOLD wins the American Library Association’s William C. Morris YA Debut Award. 2009 is the first year for this award, which honors a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens and celebrating impressive new voices in young adult literature. The work cited will illuminate the teen experience and enrich the lives of its readers through its excellence, demonstrated by: compelling, high quality writing and/or illustration; the integrity of the work…

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Bridget Heos’ First Book Released

Bridget Heos’ First Book Released

Bridget Heos’ first book, Jay-Z, was released January 2009 from Rosen Publishing as part of their Hip Hop Library series. Watch for Bridget’s forthcoming books: The Alkaline Earth Metals; The Formation of Peninsulas; and Wisconsin: Then and Now. Bridget has also been contracted to write three more books for Rosen about Ronde and Tiki Barber, Rihanna, and Alabama. Excellent news, Bridget!

Anola Pickett’s Work Goes To Press

Anola Pickett’s Work Goes To Press

Anola Pickett’s book on Multiple Intelligences has just been published in Simplified Chinese. There are currently English, Thai and Chinese editions. And look for her short story, “Double Surprise,” in the May/June issue of Humpty Dumpty’s Magazine. Congratulations, Anola!

Sold: Katie Speck’s “Maybelle at the Fair”

Sold: Katie Speck’s “Maybelle at the Fair”

That lovable little cockroach strikes again! Henry Holt Books has bought Katie Speck’s third Maybelle chapter book, MAYBELLE AT THE FAIR. This follows much critical acclaim for the first two books. MAYBELLE IN THE SOUP earned a starred review from Kirkus, and MAYBELLE GOES TO TEA earned a spot on the New York Library’s Top 100 children’s books of 2008 and is shortlisted for the Cybils award. Look for MAYBELLE AT THE FAIR in early 2011. Congratulations, Katie!