Corinne Duyvis

A Kirkus STARRED review for Corinne Duyvis' OTHERBOUND! They had so many good things to say about this book, you might want to read the review (and the book) yourselves, but we love that they praised its "rich worldbuilding, convincing nonheteronormative relationships, balanced class issues, and nuanced, ethnically diverse characters." They say the "well-paced action builds toward an unexpected, thrilling conclusion that will leave readers eager for more from this promising new author." Congratulations, Corrine, the praise doesn't get better than this!

I am practically beside myself, I am so happy to share this great news. As announced in today's PW Children's Bookshelf:

Ann Kelley at Schwartz & Wade has acquired debut author Tamara Ellis Smith's middle-grade novel Marble Boys in a two-book deal at auction. The novel tells the story of two boys who have experienced great trauma and loss – one with the death of his best friend near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and one in losing his home in Hurricane Katrina – and the ways the world pushes them together to find healing. Publication is scheduled to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in August 2015. Erin Murphy of Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for world rights.

The story of MARBLE BOYS, as in, the story of how it came to be, is epic. Suffice to say that Tam has been incredibly persistent with revising and deepening this story, helped, in a backwards way, by the fact that her own home and life were greatly impacted by Hurricane Irene, giving her new insight into surviving a tragic weather event. She wrote about it in Hunger Mountain, where it was published with a MARBLE BOYS excerpt.

I have such a good feeling about this book reaching readers, and connecting readers across geography, as the characters Henry and Zavion are connected in the novel. I know Tam has plans stirring in that direction. There is so much more good to come--but for now, Tam, HUGE congratulations!


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