Dozer’s Run, New From Debbie Levy

Dozer's RunDebbie Levy’s newest picture book, Dozer’s Run: A True Story of a Dog and His Race, illustrated by David Opie, was published in May by Sleeping Bear Press. This book tells the true story of a goldendoodle that broke through his fence in Fulton, Md., joined the Maryland Half Marathon, got lost, found his way home 24 hours later—and ended up raising thousands of dollars for cancer research at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The Paper Cowboy, New From Kristin Levine

The Paper CowboyKristin Levine’s new novel, The Paper Cowboy, was published in September by Putnam. Though he thinks of himself as a cowboy, Tommy is really a bully.  But Tommy has a reason: life at home is tough. His abusive mother isn’t well; in fact, she may be mentally ill, and his sister, Mary Lou, is in the hospital badly burned from doing a chore it was really Tommy’s turn to do. To make amends, Tommy takes over Mary Lou’s paper route. But the paper route also becomes the perfect way for Tommy to investigate his neighbors after stumbling across a copy of The Daily Worker, a communist newspaper. Tommy is shocked to learn that one of his neighbors could be a communist, and soon fear of a communist in this tight-knit community takes hold of everyone when Tommy uses the paper to frame a storeowner, Mr. McKenzie. As Mr. McKenzie’s business slowly falls apart and Mary Lou doesn’t seem to get any better, Tommy’s mother’s abuse gets worse, causing Tommy’s bullying to spiral out of control.

The Paper Cowboy received a starred review in Kirkus. In addition, The New-York Historical Society has awarded Kristin Levine's second book, The Lions of Little Rock, its first annual Children's History Book Prize, which includes an award of $10,000.

Two New Books From Madelyn Rosenberg

Guild member Madelyn Rosenberg released two new books in September.

How to Behave at a Tea Party

How to Behave at a Tea Party is about a type-A little girl named Julia who tries to throw a tea party while her brother, dog, frog, and neighbors have other ideas of what's fun. The book, illustrated by Heather Ross, was published by Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins.

Nanny XNanny X is a middle-grade novel about a strange nanny who comes to take care of the Pringle kids when their mother goes back to work at a law firm. The nanny talks into a diaper phone and seems to know things she shouldn't, but it all makes perfect sense when the kids find out she's a special agent. The book, with spot illustrations from Karen Donnelly, was published by Holiday House.


Brenda Seabrooke’s Cemetery Street Re-Released For Halloween

Cemetery StreetIn time for Halloween, Brenda Seabrooke is happy to announce republication of the Edgar-finalist Cemetery Street at The cover, in Machinima, is by Brenda's daughter Kerria Seabrooke.


Four “Sew Zoey” Adventures By Caroline Hickey

Sew Zoey-Swatch OutSew Zoey-A Tangled ThreadCaroline Hickey has written four books for a Simon & Schuster middle-grade series called Sew Zoey (ages 8-12). The main character, Zoey Webber, is an aspiring fashion designer who makes her own clothes, runs a fashion blog and deals with the everyday ups and down of middle-school life. The books are published under the pseudonym Chloe Taylor.



Congo’s Children: New E-Book From Kem Knapp Sawyer

Congo's Children

Kem Knapp Sawyer and her husband, Jon Sawyer, have co-authored an e-book called Congo's Children, which has been published by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. It tells the story of the country's young people, who have seen their lives threatened, their families torn apart, their schools destroyed and their futures compromised. Theirs is also a story of tough resilience. “The stunning photographs and deeply moving text of this book offer a fine introduction to the suffering—and hopes—of people in a part of the world we know far too little about,” said Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost. Congo's Children is available on ITUNES (for iPads), AMAZON (for Kindles), and CREATAVIST (for desktop and laptop computers).



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