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!
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,…
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…
Congratulations to Anola Pickett! Anola won MOSCBWI’s fall conference scholarship contest for her story KATE’S OCEAN GARDEN. The conference theme is Seeds of Success. Anola also received word that THE PRIVATE WARS OF G. P. CALLAHAN has been awarded a letter of merit in SCBWI’s 2014 Work-in-Progress grant competition.
Debra McArthur’s middle grade historical novel A VOICE FOR KANZAS has been named as a Kansas Notable Book. http://www.kcfb.info/projects/kansas-notable-books.html
Debra’s essay “The Kansas Nebraska Act of 1854” is now live on the peer-reviewed website Essential Civil War Curriculum: http://www.essentialcivilwarcurriculum.com/ And Debra’s novel A VOICE FOR KANZAS was selected as one of the Best Children’s Books of the Year by the Bankstreet College of Education. It’s listed among books for age 9-12, in the Historical Fiction Category: http://bankstreet.edu/center-childrens-literature/childrens-book-committee/best-books-year/best-books-year-2013/
Kate Barsotti writes and illustrates middle grade fiction and books aimed at the younger set, such as board books and picture books. You can find out more at www.katebarsotti.com.
Kate Carpenter graduated with a journalism degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia. Since then, she has resided in Washington, Idaho and Nebraska before returning to Missouri, where she lives with her husband and their ridiculous dog, Hardy. She is currently working on a middle grade novel. Website: katecarpenterwrites.com
Jenn Bailey is thrilled to confirm that she is now represented by Minju Chang and Kendra Marcus of Bookstop Literary. http://www.bookstopliterary.com/index.html Bookstop Literary is an editorial agency, and Jenn has enjoyed the process of working with Kendra and Minju, both of whom she met at a Kansas SCBWI conference. The Biggest Lesson that Jenn would like to pass on is: “When agents say ‘We’d like to see more from you’–believe them! Don’t make them wait six months before you come back around…
Congratulations to Anola Pickett and Wyatt Townley! These Heartlanders are finalists for the Thorpe Menn Award for Literary Excellence, sponsored by the Kansas City Branch of the American Association of University Women. The award recognizes excellence in writing by local authors. Pickett’s middle grade historical fiction Wasatch Summer was published by by Bonneville Books, April 2011. Townley’s The Afterlives of Trees is a collection of poems published by Woodley Press in 2011.