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The latest about what’s going on in Heartland Writers for Kids and Teens – including who’s just joined, who’s writing what, and who just got published.

Congratulations to Roderick Townley!

Congratulations to Roderick Townley!

Heartlander Roderick Townley’s novel, A BITTER MAGIC, has been selected to represent Kansas at the National Book Festival in Washington, D.C. this September. The State Librarian of Kansas, Jo Budler, writes, “I could not think of a better work for this honor!” Wonderful news! Congratulations, Roderick!

Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

Jennifer Greene at Clarion has bought world rights to Heartlander Alastair Heim‘s next picture book, The Great Puppy Invasion, about what happens when a horde of puppies shows up in Strictville, a no-nonsense, no-fun town that has never seen puppies before. Kim Smith will illustrate; publication is set for fall 2017. Kelly Sonnack at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency represented both Heim and Smith. http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/70719-rights-report-week-of-june-20-2016.hthttp://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childml

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Bridget Heos’s I, FLY is flying high!

Bridget Heos’s I, FLY is flying high!

The picture book I, FLY, written by Heartlander Bridget Heos, is having a great year! This weekend, FLY won a CYBILS award, decided by children’s book bloggers; last month, it was named a Texas 2×2 book; a Korean version is being published; and this spring (2016), it will be part of Scholastic Book Fairs and Clubs. People are finally starting to love flies! Here are some of the alternate covers that illustrator Jennifer Plecas created:

Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Congratulations to Jenn Bailey!

Good news for Heartlander Jenn Bailey! Jenn won the Candlewick Scholarship for her Picture Book, PLINK! It was found worthy by a committee of Candlewick editors to receive a cash award and Right of First Refusal. Congratulations for a well-deserved honor, Jenn!