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Good News 2024 | February - March

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KAREN HOLMBERG

BOOK RELEASE: Karen’s YA novel, THE COLLAGIST, winner of Fitzroy Book's Achevan Prize, releases in April 2024. Determined to unlock her father’s secretive, rage-sealed heart, Romilly must convince him to help an otherworldly Collagist return to his island home.

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DEBORAH HOPKINSON

BOOK RELEASE: Deborah's new NF picture book, DETERMINED DREAMER: THE STORY OF MARIE CURIE, illustrated by Jen Hill, releases from Balzer & Bray on February 27, 2024.

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ELIZABETH RUSCH

STARRED REVIEW: Elizabeth’s YA novel, THE TWENTY-ONE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE YOUTH WHO SUED THE U.S. GOVERNMENT OVER CLIMATE CHANGE, was named a People Magazine “Must Read” and a NYPL “Best Book of the Year.” In their starred reviews, Kirkus described THE TWENTY-ONE as, "Nail-biting…A moving and absorbing account of an urgent case,” and Booklist called it, "Action-packed…vivid…inspiring.”

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SONJA THOMAS

AWARD: Sonja’s MG novel, SIR FIG NEWTON AND THE SCIENCE OF PERSISTENCE, was named a 2022 Oregon Spirit Book Award Honor Book for middle grade and a 2023 Washington State Book Award finalist in the Books for Young Readers category.

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DANI NICHOLS

AWARD: Dani’s picture book, BUZZ THE NOT-SO-BRAVE, illustrated by Kristin McNess Moran, won a Will Rogers Medallion Award for Excellence in Western Literature in the Kids category.

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JEAN HOLLAND COPELAND and KRISTI COPELAND BEYER

BOOK RELEASE: Jean and Kristi’s MG novel, PIRATES BEWARE!, released December 8, 2023. This stand-alone book continues the exciting adventures that began with THE CAPTAIN SCALLEYWAG series.

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GABI SNYDER

BOOK RELEASE: Gabi’s picture book, TODAY, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, releases January 30, 2024 from Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books.

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MARGAUX MEGANCK

STARRED REVIEW: Margaux’s picture book, SPECK: AN ITTY-BITTY EPIC, releasing March 19, 2024, has received two starred reviews from Kirkus and The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books.

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NORM GROCK

BOOK RELEASE: Norm’s illustrated MG novel, THE THREE WISHES, written by Shannon Gilligan and the third book in the Choose Your Own Adventure series, releases May 7, 2024 and is available for pre-order.

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ROSANNE PARRY

BOOK RELEASE: Rosanne’s NF picture book, THE WOLF EFFECT: A WILDERNESS REVIVAL STORY, illustrated by Jennifer Thermes, releases May 7, 2024. THE WOLF EFFECT is about how the wolves of Yellowstone Park revitalized the entire ecosystem.

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JESSICA MILO

SIGNED AGENT: Jessica signed with literary agent Wendi Gu of Sanford J. Greenburger Associates on December 11, 2023.

Good News 2023 | December - January 2024

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PETER J. BARBOUR

BOOK RELEASE: Peter’s short story, “To the Top,” appears in the middle grade anthology, Rubber Ring (September 2023, Buzgaga Books), illustrated by Alessia Gilli. Jonah conquers his fear and makes it to the top of Big Mike, a towering pine, only to realize he must come down. Available on Amazon Books.

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NORA ERICSON

AWARD: Nora’s picture book, TOO EARLY, illustrated by Elly MacKay, received four starred reviews and a NY Times review. It was also named an ALA Notable Book, a Bank Street College and CBC Best Book of the Year, an Amazon Editor’s Pick, and a Margaret Wise Brown Honor Book award.

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MELISSA HART

MAGAZINE FEATURE: Melissa has two articles in the latest issue of MUSE SCIENCE MAGAZINE FOR KIDS—a feature titled "Down Syndrome Makes a Brain Beautifully Different" and a profile of Abigail "the Advocate" Adams, the first woman with Down syndrome to complete a sanctioned sprint triathlon.

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MELISSA HART

BOOK DEAL: Melissa’s NF middle grade novel, DOWN SYNDROME OUT LOUD: 20+ TRUE STORIES TO CHANGE YOUR MIND ABOUT DISABILITY, will be published by Sourcebooks in 2025, and illustrated by Maria Perera. Melissa grew up with a brother who has Down syndrome. The book features profiles of Ironman triathlete Chris Nikic, fashion designer Isabella Springmuhl Tejada, “Born This Way” actor John Tucker, and “Peanut Butter Falcon Star” Zack Gottsagen, among others.

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MELISSA HART

AWARD: Melissa’s middle grade novel, DAISY WOODWORM CHANGES THE WORLD, won two silver medals—one from the Independent Publisher Book Awards and another from the 2023 Moonbeam Book Awards.

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JULIE MATHISON

FINALIST: Julie’s YA novel, VASILISA, has been named a finalist in the YA fiction category of the 2023 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest.

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ANA VELEZ

COVER REVEAL: Ana did a cover reveal for their picture book, THE THREE LITTLE GUINEA PIGS AND THE ANDEAN FOX, releasing August 2024 from Page Street Publishing. Set in Andean South America, this fresh, lighthearted twist on a classic tale invites readers to challenge assumptions, embrace community, and trust in teamwork.

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DAVID HOHN

ART SHOW FEATURE: David’s two picture books he illustrated (THE RIVER THAT WOLVES MOVED, NANA THE GREAT GOES CAMPING) were accepted into the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show, which opened November 9th in NYC.

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DAVID HOHN

AWARDS: David’s picture book, THE RIVER THAT WOLVES MOVED, written by Mary Kay Carson, received a gold medal from the Will Rogers Medallion Award. Also, his other picture book, THE FLYING MAN, written by Mike Downs, was long listed for the 2024 AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

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BRENDA DEWITZ NIMAN

BOOK RELEASE: Brenda recently self-published their middle grade biography, SHE FORGOT HER MANNERS AND GOT THE VOTE, about local heroine Abigail Scott Duniway, an Oregon Trail pioneer and suffragist who was instrumental in getting Oregon women the vote in 1912.

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BONNI GOLDBERG

BOOK DEAL: Bonni‘s debut picture book, DOÑA GRACIA SAVED WORLDS, illustrated by Alida Massari, will be published by Kar-Ben on December 5, 2024. Bonni’s book is the first picture book introducing Gracia, a 16th-century secret Jew who defied kings, organized others’ escape to safety, and helped rebuild Judaism. A timeless tale of identity, community, and courage.

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BRIAN PINAIRE

BOOK RELEASE: Brian’s middle grade novel, THE WAR OF INDEPENDENCE WAY, illustrated by Tom Burchell, releases January 8, 2024, from Brandylane Publishers. This novel is a contemporary retelling of the American Revolution with kid characters who represent members of the founding era, such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and others.

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GABI SNYDER

BOOK RELEASE: Gabi’s picture book, TODAY, illustrated by Stephanie Graegin, releases on January 30, 2024, from S&S/Paula Wiseman Books. This picture book reminds us to look for the wonder in every day.

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J.W. JULIAN

BOOK LAUNCH: J.W. launched and sold 110 copies of her book, EBBY THE MAGNIFICENT: TAILS OF AN ELUSIVE BABY BUNNY, on July 7, 2023, in Vancouver, WA. Since then, they have sold over 600 copies. There is a paperback version available now.

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CATE READ HICKMAN

BOOK RELEASE: Cate published their debut chapter book, MORGAN THE MOTORHOME MOUSE AND THE ANDERSONS: STONEHENGE UNDERGROUND, on August 26, 2023. Morgan, a talented magical mouse, joins the Anderson family, and together they fly in their supersonic motorhome to Stonehenge. Along the way they have adventures with magical beings, learn ancient history, explore feelings and truths, and choose friendship and love over fear.

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ALLISON OLSON

BOOK AWARD: Allison’s picture book, LEARNING ABOUT MY FRIEND'S ADOPTION, illustrated by Darlee Urbiztondo was named a #1 Amazon New Release and #1 Amazon Best Seller. When a curious young boy learns that his friend has been adopted, he embarks on a quest to uncover the meaning of adoption. A heartwarming tale of friendship and understanding.

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LESLIE BARNARD BOOTH

AWARD: Leslie’s picture book, A STONE IS A STORY, illustrated by Marc Martin, won an Outstanding Science Trade Book award for students grades K-12 from The National Science Teaching Association.

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KATHLEEN POULSEN

AWARD: Kathleen’s illustrated middle grade novel, KATELYN’S CROW, written by Mary Beth Laufer, received a Kirkus starred review and a bronze medal in the Moonbeam's Best First Novel category.

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BRIAN U. GARRISON

JOURNAL FEATURE: Brian’s poem, “Scanning for Love,” is featured in the online journal EMBER: A JOURNAL OF LUMINOUS THINGS, and has another poem, “Recognition,” featured in the magazine SCIENCE WRITE NOW.