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Congratulations to Bridget Heos!

Congratulations to Bridget Heos!

Congratulations to Bridget Heos for her new picture book, QUEEN DOG!

Queen Dog has ruled her castle with grace and majesty since she was a pup. Her people adore her. They provide her with delicious meals and shower her with attention. Lately, though, they have been a bit distracted and service has started to slip. Queen Dog tries her best to make do–but then a stranger moves into the castle! Who is this tiny newcomer commanding all the attention? A servant, or a pretender to the throne?

With comic action and a regal twist, Queen Dog turns a royal pain into a perfect princess.
Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

Congratulations to Alastair Heim!

 Heartlander Alastair Heim’s first picture book called LOVE YOU, TOO (Little Bee Books) was released on December 6th of this year. The story was illustrated by Alisa Coburn and features two pigs, a dad and his daughter, finishing each other’s sentences as they move throughout their day.
ALSO, Shelf Awareness (Book Review Site) gave Love You, Too a starred review! It’s on the front page of their site, third book that comes up at the top left under “Starred Reviews” and scrolls through each book automatically; the link to the review is here:
Roderick Townley’s A BITTER MAGIC is ready to launch!

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

A Bitter Magic jacket


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, November 14, 2pm, at the Leawood Pioneer Library (4700 Town Center Drive, Overland Park, KS, 913-826-4624).

2. Lawrence LAUNCH PARTY: Monday, November 16, 6:30pm, at the Lawrence Public Library (707 Vermont, Lawrence, KS, 785-843-3833).

3. Tallgrass Creek Book Club (public welcome): Tuesday, November 17 at 2pm, at Tallgrass Creek (13800 Metcalf, Overland Park, KS, 913-945-2000).


See more about the book here:

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:



Launch Party * 1 pm * Sat., July 11


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


Join Anola and museum archivist Jonathan Casey as they discuss the art of writing and the role of research in both historic fiction and non-fiction. After their discussion, Anola will sign copies of CALLAHAN CROSSROADS.

Event FREE to the public with RSVP

100 W 26th St, Kansas City, MO 64108  (816) 888-8100

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

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.
Congratulations x 2 to Ann Ingalls!

Congratulations x 2 to Ann Ingalls!

Ann Ingalls is pleased to announce that World Book will be publishing J IS FOR JIVE; the release date has yet to be announced. Cassie Mayer will edit this work.
And the good news continues: In May of 2013, Grosset and Dunlap will release Ann’s emergent reader, ICE CREAM SOUP. Karen Grencik at Red Fox Literary represented this work.