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More accolades for Jennifer Brown and HATE LIST!

More accolades for Jennifer Brown and HATE LIST!

Congratulations to Heartlander Jennifer Brown! Her young adult novel, HATE LIST (Little Brown, 2009), is a final nominee for the 2011-2012 Gateway Award, given by the Missouri Association of School Libraries. The winner of the annual Gateway Readers Award is selected by students in grades nine through twelve. Her latest novel, BITTER END, was released this past May from Little Brown.

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Roderick Townley’s A BITTER MAGIC is ready to launch!

Roderick Townley’s A BITTER MAGIC is ready to launch!

  Reviews have started coming in for Heartlander Roderick Townley’s newest middle-grade novel A BITTER MAGIC!   • “Plenty of magic, a touch of romance, and an appealing heroine.” – Kirkus Reviews • “A magical adventure with a fascinating setting that will please most middle graders looking for spooky fantasy.” – School Library Journal • “Cisley is an immensely likable heroine who will attract readers.” – Booklist   Come celebrate with Roderick at one of these upcoming events: 1. KC LAUNCH PARTY: Saturday,…

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Anola Pickett’s novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS is ready to launch!

Anola Pickett’s novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS is ready to launch!

Congrats to Heartlander Anola Pickett as her new novel CALLAHAN CROSSROADS gets ready to launch! Here are two opportunities to join in the celebration: CALLAHAN CROSSROADS CALENDAR   Launch Party * 1 pm * Sat., July 11 MYSTERYSCAPE BOOKSTORE Celebrate Anola’s latest book. Listen to ukelele songs from World War I, hear excerpts from the book and enjoy lemonade and cookies! Mysteryscape  7309 W 80th Street, Overland Park, KS 66204 (913) 649-0000   “In the Know” Program * 2 pm * Sun., July 19 WORLD WAR I MUSEUM & MEMORIAL Join Anola and…

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Heartlanders visit local elementary school

Heartlanders visit local elementary school

Authors Anola Pickett and Charlotte Adelsperger were classroom presenters at Mill Creek Elementary School in Shawnee Mission School District on February 17, 2012. Left: Charlotte visits with fourth graders after her presentation. Right: Anola and Charlotte at the school’s Creative Communication Workshop event, as Anola displays her children’s novel, Wasatch Summer.

Springtime celebration for Wasatch Summer

Springtime celebration for Wasatch Summer

Anola Pickett is pleased to announce the Kansas City launch of her historical middle grade novel Wasatch Summer will be Friday, May 20 at our wonderful independent bookstore The Reading Reptile. She also will answer questions about “Writing Believable Historical Characters” during ICL’s Writer’s Retreat next week, April 19-21. Drop in and ask her a question at institutechildrenslit.net.

SCBWI Open House April 9

SCBWI Open House April 9

Join SCBWI’s Regional Advisor and Advisory Committee at Jayhawk Central’s coffee shop on the KU Edward’s Campus for a meet and greet open house. Ask all your questions about children’s writing, publishing, and Twitter but have been too afraid to ask…until now. Plus donuts and coffee! FREE! And because it’s an Open House, you can come anytime you want between 1 pm and 4 pm. Register here so we know how high to stack the donuts. Thanks!

Heartlanders visit local elementary school

Heartlanders visit local elementary school

On February 18, Heartland authors Charlotte Adelsperger, Bridget Heos, Anola Pickett and Colleen Ryckert Cook spoke to fourth and fifth graders at Mill Creek Elementary as part of their Creative Communications Workshop. The annual workshop also featured Mary Anne Demeritt, Darlene Isaacson, Chris Koppenhaver, John Martellaro, Jesse Miguel, Steven Mirakian, Julanne Patrick, Connie Richards, Yvonne Rosser and Jill Silva. Thanks to the parents and students at Mill Creek! We had a blast! Colleen Cook, Charlotte Adelsperger, Bridget Heos and Anola Pickett

Kansas SCBWI workshop: Fanning the Flames

Kansas SCBWI workshop: Fanning the Flames

Joins KS SCBWI July 17 at Mardel Bookstore for another great workshop! In the morning, nonfiction writers and fiction writers alike will learn research tricks from KC Libraries’ Kaite Stover. Next up: Heartlander Lisa Wade McCormick. She has twenty years’ worth of investigative journalism tips to teach you how to find the best expert sources – and interview them to get the best data for your writing. In the afternoon, JB Chaney will share secrets on making the most of…

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