"Quigley adeptly creates strong classroom scenes that convey an inclusive student body’s realistic dynamic and an endearing, assured seven-year-old protagonist who appreciates her cultural identity." - PW, starred review
"Braden sensitively demonstrates how isolating it can be to live with people who, despite good intentions, force their children to fulfill expectations that run counter to their own senses of self. . . . All the characters find ways to encourage each other, be less alone, and connect.”—Booklist, starred review
What do you think, publishing world? Do we have time for ONE more book deal before 2012 pulls up its covers and says goodnight? I think SO!
There's been a lot of talk in the news over recent months about the topic of bullying, and that makes K.A. Holt's remarkable new middle-grade novel in verse especially timely and pertinent. POETRY BANDIT tells the story of Kevin, a seventh-grader who starts the year as a troubled bully but finds the tables turned on him when his former victim discovers Kevin's secret weakness—and the bully himself becomes a victim. A gorgeous and moving story of friendship, family, and the power of the written word, this is a beautiful book that you won't want to miss.
I'm delighted to say that POETRY BANDIT has found its perfect home with Chronicle Books and the magnificent Tamra Tuller. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2014.
Congratulations, Kari, and may this good news and more sail us swiftly into 2013!