Archive for the ‘YA fiction’ Category

And She’s Off! Catch Myfanwy Collins at a Reading Near You.

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

laney_collinsTHE BOOK OF LANEY is now out from Lacewing Books!  This haunting YA novel has been called “redemptive” and “unforgettable.”  To hear the author read from it herself, catch one of the readings below. 



Advance Praise For Book Of Laney

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Book-of-Laney_Myfanwy-CollinsWe’re excited to share some amazing advance praise for THE BOOK OF LANEY, a YA novel by Myfanwy Collins coming this spring from Lacewing Books

Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist, says, “In The Book of Laney, an unsettling and redemptive novel, Myfanwy Collins fuses heartbreak and empathy to explore uncomfortable truths about teenagers, violence, and survival. An unforgettable book.”

The Silver Linings Playbook author Matthew Quick declares, “Myfanwy Collins writes with big-time empathy and fierce courage.”


One Bird Is A Phoenix

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

one_bird_mmWe’re thrilled to tell you that Kyoko Mori’s ONE BIRD is the winner of the 2015 Phoenix Award. The prize is awarded annually to a book of high literary merit that was published twenty years earlier and did not win a major literary award at the time. According to the Children’s Literature Association, “The Phoenix Award is named after the fabled bird who rose from its ashes with renewed life and beauty. Phoenix books also rise from the ashes of neglect and obscurity and once again touch the imaginations and enrich the lives of those who read them.” Past winners include the classics Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block, I Am The Cheese by Robert Cormier, and Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, so we’d say that ONE BIRD is certainly in some excellent company! 


This Is A Roundup Of Great Reviews!

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Kerri Majors This Is Not A Writing ManualWe were thrilled to see THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL featured in the Boston Globe this weekend! They say that Kerri Majors “manages to combine the best of two publishing genres — memoir and advice — in a highly readable book.” Look after the jump for more great reviews and interviews with Kerri!



Kerri Majors Kicks Out The Jams!

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Kerri Majors This Is Not A Writing ManualToday’s the official publication day of THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL, and the celebration is already underway! Look after the jump to read all about it! (more…)


Booklist Has Some Major Love For Majors!

Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Kerri Majors This Is Not A Writing ManualBooklist calls THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL “highly readable” and “great reading for anyone interested in the biz, thought-provoking for those looking at any career, and good for folks wanting a pleasant nonfiction read.” They also declare its author, Kerri Majors, to be “friendly, savvy, hip, easy to identify with, and definitely in touch with her teenage writer-self.” We couldn’t agree more! 

Read the full review here


Publishers Weekly Praises Majors For Her “Candid, Honest Advice”

Monday, May 20th, 2013

Kerri Majors This Is Not A Writing ManualWe’re pleased to tell you that Publishers Weekly featured Kerri Majors’ THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL in their writeup of exciting new writing books for children, praising the book for its “candid, honest advice and reflection from a writer who’s been there.”


Kirkus Praises Kerri Majors’ “Upbeat And Honest Guide” For Young Writers

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Kerri Majors This Is Not A Writing ManualIt may not be a writing manual, but, according to Kirkus, YARN editor Kerri Majors’ forthcoming book is an “upbeat and honest guide for teens already considering writing careers.” They declare, “Clearly, Majors knows what she’s talking about, and readers will recognize they’re getting advice from someone who knows.”

Look for THIS IS NOT A WRITING MANUAL in July from Writer’s Digest! In the meantime, check out more advance praise after the jump! (more…)


Kirkus Praises Whitcomb’s ‘Poetic Sequel’

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

under_light_whitcomb“Life proves as haunting as death in this well-crafted ghost story,” says Kirkus Reviews of UNDER THE LIGHT, Laura Whitcomb’s highly anticipated companion novel to 2005’s A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT.

Read the full review after the jump!



“Someone Was Looking At Me, A Disturbing Sensation If You’re Dead.”

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Laura Whitcomb’s A CERTAIN SLANT OF LIGHT is in some very fine company on Stylist’s list of the 100 best opening lines from books!