Mid-September News!

Perhaps you’ve noticed I didn’t say “Happy 14th Day.” That’s because I’m late.*

Booklist says of Maria E. Andreu’s THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, “With immigration reform a hot button issue across the country, this book couldn’t be timelier. Written with the compassion and raw emotions of one who has lived in the shadows herself, Andreu’s debut offering is a winner.”

Martina Boone’s COMPULSION was included in the School Library Journal’s list of What’s Hot in YA. Check out the trailer:

Tara Dairman’s ALL FOUR STARS has been licensed by Bookspan’s Children’s Book of the Month Club, which calls it “an irresistible adventure.”

The cover for Helene Dunbar’s 2015 release, WHAT REMAINS, was revealed at www.yabookscentral.com// Come check it out!

Tracy Holczer’s THE SECRET HUM OF A DAISY is a 2014 SCIBA Book Award Finalist! (Southern California Independent Booksellers Association) …and is an American Bookseller Association ABC Best Book of 2014. It was also an ALAN pick for September. ALAN says “Holczer’s beautiful words and insights resonated with each page. The Secret Hum of a Daisy not only takes you on Grace’s journey, but on your own journey through childhood, friendships, and the meaning of home.”

School Library Journal included Jessica Love & Chelsie Hill’s PUSH GIRL on their What’s Hot in YA list, and said, “The writing duo’s personal experiences informed the realistic dialogue and fully developed main character. Kara’s accepting her fate and the ups and downs of her relationships with family and friends will keep the attention of teens. This tearjerker is sure to be popular with readers.”

Catherine Linka’s A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS and A GIRL UNDONE, optioned to Universal Cable Productions for development as a television series, with Pete Donaldson of Donaldson Media & Consulting, Amy Baer of Gidden Media, and R.D. Robb and Brad Luff of Station Three executive-producing, by Pete Donaldson, on behalf of Sarah Davies at the Greenhouse Literary Agency.

Lauren Magaziner’s THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES received a great review from The Bulletin Center for Children’s Books: “the kids’ slowly forming friendship has real grace and authenticity… In addition, Eva Ibbotson fans will appreciate the quirky humor.” THE ONLY THING WORSE THAN WITCHES also received a wonderful review from Booklist: “this debut novel is madcap and fantastical. It’s the perfect thing for kids not quite ready for Diane Duane or Madeleine L’Engle.” And BIG NEWS: Lauren’s book has been selected for the Autumn 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List!

Kirkus Reviews says of Mary Elizabeth Summer’s TRUST ME, I’M LYING, “A memorable debut; here’s hoping for a lot more from Summer.”

School Library Journal says about Elissa Sussman’s STRAY “This fun tale will appeal to reluctant female readers. Sussman explores some unique themes, including a LGBTQ relationship and even a yummy recipe in this fantasy with supernatural and romantic elements.”

Kirkus calls Rachel M. Wilson’s DON’T TOUCH “An insightful look at anxiety disorders and letting go of fear.” DON’T TOUCH also showed up on School Library Journal’s “What’s Hot in YA” roundup as “a good look at Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.” And VOYA says, “The well-written, first-person narrative vividly portrays Caddie’s struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder. Teens will care about Caddie and salute her friends’ supportiveness.” Check out the trailer:

* My good news: we moved! I’m reporting from Lower Saxony, Germany, where we arrived a week ago.

Amber Lough lives with her husband and two kids in Germany. She spent much of her childhood in Japan and Bahrain. Later, she returned to the Middle East as an Air Force intelligence officer to spend eight months in Baghdad, where the ancient sands still echo the voices lost to wind and time. Her Middle Eastern fantasy, THE FIRE WISH, debuted this July 2014 from Random House Books for Young Readers.
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