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All Four Stars

All Four Stars
Tara Dairman

Tara Dairman is widely known as the beloved author of the middle-grade foodie series beginning with ALL FOUR STARS, as well as her most recent quirky mystery, THE GREAT HIBERNATION. But today I'm delighted to announce Tara's foray into something new and different—picture books!

Here's the deal announcement for a brand new, gorgeous book:

ALL FOUR STARS and THE GREAT HIBERNATION author Tara Dairman's debut picture book, DESERT GIRL, MONSOON BOY, about a boy and girl who flee opposite environments in India and meet in a safe, welcoming place, with illustrations by Archana Sreenivasan, to Susan Kochan at Putnam, by Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency for the author and Stephanie Fretwell-Hill at Red Fox Literary for the illustrator (World).

The story has its origin in Tara's own travels to remote parts of the world, and is a celebration of place and tradition and coming together despite obstacles. I for one cannot wait to see it in finished form.

Congratulations, Tara!

--Joan

Frosted Kisses

Frosted Kisses
Heather Hepler

There is nothing quite like curling up with a Heather Hepler novel. Her books are always populated by groups of family members and friends you wish you could hang out with all the time. While most of her works (THE CUPCAKE QUEEN, FROSTED KISSES, etc.) could be classified as romantic comedies, her newest is a little bit darker and meant for YA readers instead of tweens.

WE WERE BEAUTIFUL isn't missing Heather's trademark humor, but the teen at the center of it is much more wounded—literally and figuratively—than in her more recent books. Mia bears facial scars that are a constant reminder of the car crash that killed her sister—and she's been uprooted from her quiet country life to spend a summer in New York City with a cold and distant grandmother she barely knows. At a nearby diner (of COURSE you know there will be great food in every Heather Hepler novel!), she finds a job and a boisterous, loving extended family that wraps her in its arms. She gets to know the city through a group of fellow teens with artistic leanings, and rediscovers her sense of self in the process.

Jillian Manning at Blink has just snapped this one up, and we don't have to wait TOO long to see it on shelves: It's set for spring 2019!

Congratulations, Heather!

—Erin


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