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The Author’s Voice: interview with OneFour author Jaye Robin Brown

Serendipity, small towns and the Appalachian trail…. Jaye speaks with us about a few of the elements that create her YA contemporary debut NO PLACE TO FALL (HarperTeen). And she reads a particularly awesome snippet toward the end!

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Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal (where she was carried up the Himalayas in a basket) and she grew up in a small Albertan town (where she rode her bike to Girl Guides). She is fond of creepy things. Speaking of! Her YA fantasy WINTERKILL is out now (Abrams/Amulet and Faber & Faber)!
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The Author’s Voice: interview with OneFour author LISA MAXWELL

Voodoo, murder, and haunting dreams collide in Lisa Maxwell‘s spell-binding mystery, SWEET UNREST.

Lisa speaks with us about the importance of setting and research in her YA paranormal debut (Flux, 2014).

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Lisa Maxwell is the author of SWEET UNREST (Flux, Fall 2014). When she’s not writing books, she teaches English at a local college. She lives near DC with her very patient husband and two not-so patient boys. You can find her on Twitter @lisamaxwellya most days.

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Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal (where she was carried up the Himalayas in a basket) and she grew up in a small Albertan town (where she rode her bike to Girl Guides). She is fond of creepy things. Speaking of! Her YA fantasy WINTERKILL is out now (Abrams/Amulet and Faber & Faber).
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Next Book News!

We’ve debuted, we’re debuting and we’re selling more stuff! Check back on the 28th of each month to find out all the awesome Next Book News!

 

A sequel to Tara Dairman’s ALL FOUR STARS! 

A sequel to Tara Dairman’s middle-grade debut, ALL FOUR STARS, is coming in summer 2015, and Tara will be revealing its title and cover in October!

Subscribers to her e-mail list will get an exclusive first peek at the new book; you can sign up to be notified here! 

 

Rachel M. Wilson releases eBook with HarperTeen Impulse!

Rachel M. Wilson’s story “The Game of Boys and Monsters” will release October 7th as a stand-alone eBook with HarperTeen Impulse.

Says Harper, “From Rachel M. Wilson, author of Don’t Touch, comes an eerie and utterly compelling short story about best friends Leslie and Evy, whose friendship changes when the enigmatic Marsh brothers move to town.”

Pre-order for $0.99, or add it on Goodreads!

 

Cover Reveals and Giveaways!!!

 

Helene Dunbar and WHAT REMAINS

 

Helene’s next stand-alone, WHAT REMAINS releases from Flux in May 2015. There is a cover reveal and giveaway on YABC!!  Add it on Goodreads!!

 

Emily Lloyd-Jones and DECEPTIVE

 

The sequel to ILLUSIVE, called DECEPTIVE, has a cover! And a giveaway for a galley over on Icey Books! (ends September 30th!!)  Add it on Goodreads!!

 

Can’t wait to see what October brings!!

 

Robin Constantine is a born and raised Jersey girl who moved down South so she could wear flip-flops year round. She spends her days dreaming up stories where love conquers all, well, eventually but not without a lot of peril, angst and the occasional kissing scene. Her YA debut, THE PROMISE OF AMAZING, is out now! Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins Publishers.
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The Author’s Voice: interview with OneFour author Linda Vigen Phillips

How far have we come in our comprehension and support of mental health? What is it like for a teen when her mother’s bipolar disorder is considered a “nervous breakdown”?

Linda speaks with us about her compelling YA novel in verse,  CRAZY (Oct 20th, 2014, Eerdmans).

 

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Linda Vigen Phillips lives in Charlotte but never got over being a native Oregonian. She still goes gaga over mountains with Ponderosa pines and oceans that roar. She is a mother of twins, grandmother of two, wife of a retired minister, retired teacher of learning disabled students, and writer of YA, Middle Grade and poetry. Her debut YA novel written in verse, CRAZY, will be released by Eerdmans Books for Young Readers in Fall 2014.

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Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal (where she was carried up the Himalayas in a basket) and she grew up in a small Albertan town (where she rode her bike to Girl Guides). She is fond of creepy things. Speaking of! Her YA fantasy WINTERKILL debuts September 9th, 2014 (Abrams/Amulet and Faber & Faber).
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WINTERKILL Release Day!

It’s here! I am so thrilled that WINTERKILL is now out in the world!

I’ve been incredibly lucky to share this journey with the lovely authors at One Four Kidlit, and I am so grateful to everyone–my Abrams/Amulet team, my agent and agency, readers, bloggers, librarians, colleagues, friends and family– who have made this day special by being so enthusiastic about my creepy little book. I wouldn’t be here without you.

I would like to stay and gush, but I have a date with an all-chocolate lunch (plus that glass of bubbly isn’t going to drink itself). 

Here are the details:

 

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Synopsis

In the woods outside Emmeline’s settlement, a powerful enemy lurks, one that wiped out much of the population generations ago. Inside the walls, Emmeline is watched for Waywardness—the rule-breaking behavior that sent her grandmother to her death. Emmeline knows she shouldn’t go into the woods or seek answers to the questions no one will ask. When one of the settlement leaders asks for her hand, she could wipe the slate clean, ridding herself and her family of the Stain of her grandma’s crimes. But there’s something out in the woods….and it’s calling to her.

 

Advance Praise for WINTERKILL

“An engrossing romance, set against a chillingly vivid repressive society. Winterkill will haunt you.” – Julie Berry, author of Carnegie shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me.

“I ripped through Winterkill’s pages, desperate to know the secrets behind this captivating world. Equal parts creepy, thrilling, and touching, it’s a must-read, and Emmeline is a character I won’t soon forget.” – James Dasher, NYT bestselling author of The Maze Runner series.

“Boorman sustains an atmosphere of oppression, and her characters are well drawn” – School Library Journal

“Emmeline’s lyrical, deliberate first-person narrative builds deepening suspense as debut author Boorman cultivates an eerie atmosphere . . . . the promise of forthcoming volumes should keep antsy readers at bay.” – Booklist

“…speaks directly and powerfully to a young adult experience.” – Publishers Weekly

 

Where to Buy

 Abrams | Indiebound | Indigo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon

Kate Boorman is an independent artist and writer from the Canadian prairies. She was born in Nepal (where she was carried up the Himalayas in a basket) and she grew up in a small Albertan town (where she rode her bike to Girl Guides). She is fond of creepy things. Speaking of! Her YA fantasy WINTERKILL debuts September 9th, 2014 (Abrams/Amulet and Faber & Faber).
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DON’T TOUCH Release Day

The day has come!

Don’t Touch is out in the wild, and I couldn’t be more grateful to the bloggers, reviewers, authors, librarians, and booksellers who have already supported this book. I’m also so grateful for my fellow OneFours–the wisdom they’ve shared has made everything from ordering bookmarks (thanks, Kristin Rae!) to scheduling events so much pleasanter.  And thanks to my fantastic family and friends who have shared so much excitement for this book’s release!

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Synopsis:

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back,
Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good . . .

Caddie has a history of magical thinking—of playing games in her head to cope with her surroundings—but it’s never been this bad before.
When her parents split up, Don’t touch becomes Caddie’s mantra. Maybe if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, Dad will come home. She knows it doesn’t make sense, but her games have never been logical. Soon, despite Alabama’s humidity, she’s covering every inch of her skin and wearing evening gloves to school.

And that’s where things get tricky. Even though Caddie’s the new girl, it’s hard to pass off her compulsions as artistic quirks. Friends notice things. Her drama class is all about interacting with her scene partners, especially Peter, who’s auditioning for the role of Hamlet. Caddie desperately wants to play Ophelia, but if she does, she’ll have to touch Peter . . . and kiss him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.

From rising star Rachel M. Wilson comes a powerful, moving debut novel of the friendship and love that are there for us, if only we’ll let them in.

Advance praise for Don’t Touch:

“Don’t Touch is fiercely compelling, darkly funny, and hums like a high tension wire with energy.” —Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution

“A tender love story about the beauty and the risk of showing someone who you really are.” —Nina LaCour, acclaimed author of Hold Still and The Disenchantments

“Offers a good look at Obesseive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety disorders.” —School Library Journal

An insightful look at anxiety disorders and letting go of fear. —Kirkus Reviews

Launch events: 

If you happen to be in Birmingham, AL, or Chicago, IL, I encourage you to come out for a reading and signing to celebrate the launch!

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And be sure to visit the Fantastic Flying Book Club Tour, running all week!

You can purchase a copy of Don’t Touch from the following places, or request it at your local library! You can also request a signed copy when ordering from The Book Cellar in Chicago!

AmazonBarnes & Noble | HarperCollins | iBooks | IndieBound | Powell’s

 

Rachel M. Wilson‘s DON’T TOUCH stems from a personal vendetta against anxiety and a love of all things theater. After studying acting at Northwestern, Rachel earned her MFA in Writing for Children & YA at VCFA. Originally from Birmingham, AL, she now lives in Chicago, IL, where she writes, acts, teaches, and spoils a dog named Remy Frankenstein. DON’T TOUCH releases September 2, 2014 from HarperTeen.
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When We Say YA: August Edition

This month, many of us head back to school as teachers, PTO volunteers, or even students. So I asked my fellow One Fours what their favorite school-based scene is in a YA novel (including their own). Here’s what they said:

I love the scenes in ELEANOR AND PARK on the school bus. The way the proximity of the bus seat becomes something different for both Eleanor and Park as the book progresses is a beautiful thing. On a personal level, I suppose my favorite school scenes to write with Madelyn for DREAM BOY were set in the cafeteria. It’s such a hub of school life–with all the swirl of social hierarchy and ritual. There’s a lot to play with. All that aside, my favorite school room in my real high school was definitely the band room. I was such a band geek. Hmmmm… Maybe I should work some band scenes into the story I’m writing now.

– Mary Crockett, DREAM BOY

One of my favorite scenes in a school is when Anne Shirley breaks a slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head, and then when the teacher makes her copy lines on the chalkboard, she boldly corrects the teacher’s spelling of her name before complying. I still wish I had half as much courage as Anne. For my own book, my favorite school scene takes place in the girls’ bathroom, where Julep starts a salacious rumor to trick a popular girl into going to a formal with a nerdy guy. Very different scene from Anne’s, but shows a similar gumption and determination to be exactly who you are, despite society’s attempts to force young women to conform to “acceptable behavior.”

– Mary Elizabeth Summer, TRUST ME, I’M LYING

My new favorite scene in a YA book is the poker game in the latter half of the book, WINGER, by Andrew Smith. It involves five poker players, a bottle of bourbon smuggled in to their dorm room, a gatorade bottle full of pee, and a boy with an issue to settle. I have never laughed so hard as when I read this scene. It’s disgusting, gross, and boy perfect.

-Jaye Robin Brown, NO PLACE TO FALL

I’m just going to say it: Bella playing volleyball in gym class from Stephenie Meyer’s TWILIGHT. Oh, the awkwardness. Brings back memories…and not necessarily good ones.

-Lisa Maxwell, SWEET UNREST

I have always loved the scene in THE CATCHER IN THE RYE when Holden is talking about his speech class. Whenever a student is giving a speech and gets off topic, the students and teacher would say “digression” and completely fluster the poor student giving the speech. As a teacher, I’ve always wanted to yell “digression” when a student digresses, but I think that would do more to damage the speaker than to help him/her.

-Chris Struyk-Bonn, WHISPER

My favorites were always the Divination scenes in the HARRY POTTER books. Especially the ones in PRISONER OF AZKABAN. So vividly described, and I always felt like Harry was at his snarkiest best in Divination.

-Skylar Dorset, THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS

The first scenes that come to mind are the bus scenes in ELEANOR & PARK. There are plenty of other scenes in YA novels that relate to hallways and cafeterias, bathrooms and classrooms, but that image of Eleanor walking down the aisle looking for a seat will stay with me forever. Part of that may be due to my time on the county’s Safe Schools Advisory Council, where I worked against both passive and active bullying to try to create a more inclusive school environment throughout the school division, but honestly, I think Rainbow Rowell just did a fabulous job with all those bus scenes. The music room scenes in Jandy Nelson’s THE SKY IS EVERYWHERE are also brilliant. But my favorite? That “cranny” scene in Karou’s art class in the Prague Lyseum in DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE. For sheer brilliance of introducing plot, character, and world, you don’t get much better than that. But also? Using wishes to make a narcissistic ex-boyfriend’s butt itch uncontrollably while he’s posing in the nude for your art class in the hope of getting you back? Um. YES! So original, and so much fun!

– Martina Boone, COMPULSION

It’s hard to pick a favorite school scene from one of my all-time favorite books, but the opening of Jerry Spinelli’s STARGIRL would do for starters. In strolls Stargirl Caraway on her first day of eleventh grade, dressed in an off-white, floor-length dress with ruffles that “looked like her grandmother’s wedding gown.” She carries a ukulele on her back, and while everyone in the cafeteria watches spellbound, she pulls it out and begins strumming “I’m looking over a four-leaf clover that I overlooked before.” Then there’s silence and the sound of one person clapping: the lunchroom cashier. It just gets better and better with every page, and totally heartbreaking after the excitement of her eccentricities dies down and she is shunned. But in his inimitable way, Spinelli celebrates individualism and hope on every page.

-Linda Vigen Phillips, CRAZY

Like Mary Elizabeth Summer, I love the scene in ANNE OF GREEN GABLES where Anne Shirley breaks the slate over Gilbert Blythe’s head, but even more than that amazing scene, I love the scenes in later books when Anne has grown up to be the kind of teacher beloved and respected by her students, because she never lost that strong spirit that always defined Anne Shirley. (Yes, I’ve read the entire series, many times.) … On a personal level, my favorite school scenes to write for TWELVE STEPS were the history class scenes between Andi and Dave, and their teacher, Mr. Mayer. The teacher is a cross between my favorite high school teacher, and two of my high school friends who now teach history classes, so of course he made me smile. But the best part of writing those scenes was watching Andi’s secret love of history–and her determination to succeed at all costs–peek through her “I couldn’t care less about school” mask.

–Veronica Bartles, TWELVE STEPS

Joshua David Bellin has been writing novels since age eight (though his first few were admittedly very short). His debut YA science fiction novel SURVIVAL COLONY NINE will be published in September 2014 by Margaret K. McElderry Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Josh likes (in no particular order) gorillas, frogs, monsters, and human beings.