"A joyful thing to behold. Set in Victorian England, this mystery gleefully overturns sexist norms and celebrates independent women of intellect, with Myrtle Hardcastle leading the charge."
—Booklist, starred review
"An important, positive conservation message, and a perfect nonfiction addition to preschool story time or a beginning informational picture book collection." - SLJ, starred review
If you are a K.A. Holt fan—and let’s be honest, aren’t we all?—then you know that she’s got a whole lot of good things coming up: BENBEE AND THE TEACHER GRIEFER launched the “Kids Under the Stairs” series, which is continuing this fall with BEN Y AND THE GHOST IN THE MACHINE, *plus* two more additional titles to round out the friend group (and the series).
But that’s not all! Were you, perhaps, hungry for some stand-alone story action from K. A.? Did you feel, perhaps, that she needed take on a new professional writing challenge? For instance, how about this: What about a novel told *entirely* through text messages and notice board announcements? HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE TO WRITE?
Well. I cannot speak to how much fun was had writing it (though I suspect: a fair amount!), but I can speak to the fact that this is a brilliant book and you don’t want to miss it! Here are the story and pub specifics:
Tiffany Colón at Scholastic Press has acquired World rights to HOUSE ARREST author K. A. Holt’s YOU KNOW THE DRILL, a middle-grade novel told entirely in texts and message board postings. The story follows three best friends across one entire school day as they realize an unplanned lockdown is not a drill, and find themselves using the much maligned school app to join forces with other students, discovering the true meaning of teamwork and bravery. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency managed the deal, for publication in January 2022.
Hooray Kari, and hooray for us happy future readers!