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Guadalupe Garcia McCall's UNDER THE MESQUITE won the Pura Belpre Monday at the Youth Media Awards!

Sheela Chari's VANISHED won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Children’s Literature honor award!

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Lots of great news for Elevensies today!

☞ Cynthia Hand's novel, UNEARTHLY, is out in paperback this week.

☞ To celebrate all she has to be thankful for, Beth Revis is doing a giveaway of 19 signed YA books on her blog. One winner is taking home a shelf of autographed goodies! Featuring several Elevensies books and swag.

☞ Kim Harrington shared the details about her upcoming middle grade series, SLEUTH OR DARE.

☞ DON'T EXPECT MAGIC by Kathy McCullough is finally, officially published today!

☞ The reviews for Helen Landalf's FLYAWAY are in!
  • Kirkus calls it a "compelling debut...for teens who want a realistic story but not the heft or extreme grit of Ellen Hopkins."
  • Publisher's Weekly says that "First-time novelist Helen Landalf debuts with a sadly believable account of the destructive power of drug addiction. Stevie's journey to find her own path and accept the truth about her mother...feels authentic."
  • According to Booklist, "Watching Stevie, a loving person at heart, struggle with her freshman year, family, friendship and her future...is ultimately encouraging. This first novel of tough love and finding one's way in the world...will appeal to many teens."
☞ Tessa Gratton has sold the first three books of a new series to Random House, series title: Songs of New Asgard.
  • "Tessa Gratton's WEIGHT OF STARS, and two more books in her SONGS OF NEW ASGARD series, an alternate history of a USA founded on the tenets of Norse religions, in which two teens take a road trip to find a missing god and encounter small-town zealots, trickster gods, and sadistic field trolls, as they discover who they are to each other and who they want to be, to Suzy Capozzi at Random House, in a significant deal, in a pre-empt, for publication starting in Summer 2013, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World)."
  • The deal was featured at Publishers Weekly!
☞ Karyn Henley will be signing BREATH OF ANGEL at the 30th annual Kentucky Book Fair this Saturday, 11/12, in Frankfort – and at their first Children's Day on Friday, 11/11. Click here for more info.

Congratulations, Elevensies!
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Time for more news from the Elevensies!

☞Caroline Starr Rose is offering a May B. book club kit to one lucky school, library, or reading circle. The kit includes the following:

Ten copies of the novel
Ten packets of Where in the World are We Reading (a historical fiction "travel log" for students to work through as they read)
Discussion questions
Information on the story behind the story
Social studies and poetry tie-ins
DVD of the book trailer
Interactive Skype visit with the author
Bookmarks and stickers for all readers

See complete details here. Contest closes November 1.


☞Julia Karr & kt literary are proud to announce the sale of XVI to Pandorga Editora in Brazil!
(publication date TBD)


☞Bidding is now open in Sara Bennett Wealer's manuscript critique auction to benefit breast cancer research! Highest bidder also gets a query and 1st 20 pages crit from her agent, Holly Root. Details right here.

Way to go, Elevensies!

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Here's the latest news from the Elevensies:

Sara Bennett Wealer is auctioning a full manuscript critique plus a query and first twenty pages critique from her agent, Holly Root, to raise money for breast cancer research. Bidding starts 15 August. Details here

Sheela Chari's VANISHED received the following review from THE HINDU, a daily national newspaper in India: Well written, [VANISHED] covers a lot of ground and gives Indian readers a glimpse of life in America.

Guadalupe Garcia McCall's UNDER THE MESQUITE received a starred review from Kirkus.
Read the review here.

Dawn Metcalf has recently sold a new book, INDELIBLE INK, to Harlequin Teen in a two-book deal. Congratulations, Dawn!
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Time once again to share great Elevensies news!

☞Julia Karr has revealed the cover for TRUTH, the sequel to XVI. TRUTH is scheduled for release on 1/19/2012 and is now available for pre-order at most on-line book retailers.

XVI's German edition, due to be released 12/12/2011 by cbt, has a new title, THE SIGN, and a new cover.

On July 30th - Julia, along with Elevensie Sara Bennett Wealer and several other fabulous YA authors - will be at Joseph-Beth Bookstore in Cincinnati for Beachy Keen YA Book Bash. Details here.

☞Anna Staniszewski's forthcoming MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE has two new blurbs!

What a great read! Jenny is an adventurer I’d definitely want in my corner if my life ever took a wrong turn from ‘Happily Ever After’.–Hélène Boudreau, author of REAL MERMAIDS DON'T WEAR TOE RINGS

Readers will love this bold and feisty heroine as they are swept into Jenny’s many (mis)adventures.–Jennifer Nielsen, author of ELLIOT AND THE GOBLIN WAR

☞LUMINOUS got a great review from SLJ! Here's an excerpt:

Metcalf has created an intriguing fantasy world as well as thought-provoking conceptualizations of pain, death, purpose, and self-acceptance. Fantasy enthusiasts will value the world-building, while fans of such titles as Gabrielle Zevin’s ELSEWHERE (Farrar, 2005) or Alice Sebold’s THE LOVELY BONES (Little, Brown, 2002) will appreciate the dimensionalities of life and death in the Flow.
– Jessica Miller, New Britain Public Library, CT

☞Merrie Haskell's THE PRINCESS CURSE is a Junior Library Guild selection. Check out the new cover and learn more about the book at www.merriehaskell.com.

Congrats to all the Elevensies on the great news!

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Here's the latest from the Elevensies:

Tommy Greenwald's CHARLIE JOE JACKSON'S GUIDE TO NOT READING released this week.

Karen Mahoney's BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS, in which a reluctant teenage vampire joins a group of goth kids and plays pretend vamp in order to catch a killer, while keeping a young hunter from shooting anything that doesn't breathe - including her, to Annie Eaton and Jessica Clarke at Random House Children's UK, in a very nice deal, by Miriam Kriss at Irene Goodman Agency.

Kim Harrington's CLARITY and PERCEPTION sold to Poland and Croatia.

Jessica Martinez's VIRTUOSITY sold to China and Germany.

Stephanie Burgis's KAT, INCORRIGIBLE (under its UK title, A MOST IMPROPER MAGICK) won the Waverton Good Read Children's Award for best British début children's novel of the year.

Jessica Martinez's VIRTUOSITY was chosen as a Junior Library Guild Selection.

For Kendare Blake's ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD:
It's the old boy meets girl story, if the boy is a wry, self-destructive ghost-hunter bent on avenging his father and the girl is a homicidal ghost trapped in a house full of everyone she's ever murdered. Needless to say, Cas and Anna are my new favorite twosome. When I got to the last page, I flipped back to the first.
—Holly Black, New York Times bestselling author of Red Glove
Anna Dressed in Blood is a dark and intricate tale, with a hero who kills the dead but is half in love with death himself. By the end of the book, you will be too. Spellbinding and romantic.
—Cassandra Clare, New York Times bestselling author of the Mortal Instruments series

For Caroline Starr Rose's MAY B.:
Heroes come in all sizes, and my newest hero is a pint-sized girl named Mavis Elizabeth Betterly, called May B.  Armed with only her book, a broom, and a lot of sheer grit, May B. faces the terrors of school, winter, and the west Kansas prairie.  Caroline Starr Rose tells May's story in simple, moving verse that captures the joy of family, the gloomy isolation of a dirt soddy, and the determination of one scared but indomitable young person.  May B. is a girl you'll be proud to know.  Give her a big hug from me.
-- Karen Cushman, Newbery Medalist for The Midwife's Apprentice and Newbery Honor Medalist for Catherine, Called Birdy.
May B's incredible adventure gripped me right from the beginning.  You can almost hear -- and feel -- the cold prairie winds of Kansas whipping  through the pages of Caroline Starr Rose's impressive first novel.
--Deborah Hopkinson
In language as stark and beautiful as the Kansas prairie, Starr Rose offers a tale of survival.  With nothing sugar coated, and everything surprising, readers will fall into the story and connect to May B's resilient and humble character.  A great antidote to the hooked-up, plugged in age.
--Kelly Easton

Tess Hilmo's WITH A NAME LIKE LOVE received this review from Kirkus:

Hilmo creates a family, a town and a mystery that readers won’t soon forget.
In July of 1957, the Love family rolls into the tiny town of Binder, Ark. Reverend Everlasting Love, his wife Susanna and their daughters Olivene (called Ollie), Martha, Gwen, Camille and Ellen set up camp so Reverend Love can preach for three evenings before they load it all up again and head to the next small town down the road. Such is the life of an itinerant preacher’s family. But there is something different about Binder, Ark., something strange enough to cause the family to stay a while longer. Ollie meets a boy named Jimmy, whose mother is in jail for killing his brutish father. Jimmy insists she didn’t do it, but everyone else in town is convinced she did. Poor Jimmy could certainly use a friend. The Love family, particularly Ollie, cannot abide the injustice, but what can they possibly do to help? And just how long will they stay in Binder, anyway? There is, after all, a boarded-up church in the center of town needing a preacher, and Ollie, for one, would sure love to stay put for a good long while. Hilmo relishes her small-town setting and develops her characters with affection. Readers will become caught up in events as firmly as Ollie is.
A story about the meaning of home, justice and love, beautifully told. (Historical fiction. 9-12)
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It's time once again for ELEVENSIES NEWS!

Books Debuting this Week:
☞ BREATH OF ANGEL and DEAD RULES both released on June 21!

☞ Karyn Henley's release party for BREATH OF ANGEL is Friday night, June 24, at 7 pm, Barnes & Noble Cool Springs, Brentwood, TN. Karyn will be interviewed on Memphis's Live at 9, Channel 3 on Tuesday, June 28 and will sign books that evening, 6 pm at Davis-Kidd Booksellers, Memphis. See Karyn's Lunch & Launch post for a giveaway!

☞ You can see the awesome trailer for DEAD RULES, read the first 75 pages, and enter an incredible giveaway all by visiting Randy Russell's Launch & Launch post.

Congrats to Karyn and Randy!

☞ Kirkus called BAD TASTE IN BOYS "a hilarious frolic, especially for fans of Shaun of the Dead." See full review here.

☞ Booklist has this to say about Medeia Sharif's BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER.: "Upbeat and breezy, this novel will be a useful addition to many YA collections seeking diversity with a light tone and a focus on family, friends, and faith." You'll find more details here.

Sales and Subrights:
☞ Karen Mahoney sold three more novels to Random House Children's Books: THE STONE DEMON, final book of The Iron Witch trilogy (Feb 2013), and the first two books of a new YA series beginning with BEAUTIFUL GHOSTS (Summer 2012) about teenage vampire Marie 'Moth' O'Neal from her previously published short stories.

Other Fabulousness:
☞ Lia Habel is participating in two blog events this week! Her blog post on zombie heroes for The Bookish Brunette's Zombie Craze week will be featured on the 21st, and she'll be chatting on the topic of YA romance on the 22nd as part of Eve's Fan Garden's Camp Eve.

☞ Stephanie Burgis's KAT, INCORRIGIBLE and Ruta Sepetys's BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY have both been nominated for the ASLC's list of Notable Children's Books.

☞ Dawn Metcalf's LUMINOUS was in SEVENTEEN magazine as a summer beach read! You'll find the details here. Also, Dawn's Luminous Summer Grand Prize Giveaway is still going on now through June 30th!

Huzzah for the Elevensies!
Elana Johnson


Welcome to News At Eleven! It's a slow news week, but that doesn't mean it's any less exciting!

Dawn Metcalf (LUMINOSITY) has a book trailer! Congrats, Dawn!

Anna Staniszewski (MY VERY UNFAIRY TALE LIFE) is hosting a book giveaway for April and May debuts. Click here to find out more and to enter.

Cool Stuff:
Lisa and Laura Roecker (THE LIAR SOCIETY) organized an "I Heart Indies" day, and love was shown around the blogosphere for independent bookstores. Many authors and book bloggers participated, and many of them have contests for free books! Click here for the full list, and to enter to win a free book!


Booklist says Sonia Gensler's THE REVENANT "covers a good deal of ground: race and class issues, history, and a compelling ghost and love story are all entwined" and that "[t]he uncommon setting and time period add to the appeal."

Congrats Elevensies!
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Once again it's time to share the latest Elevensie news!

Kirkus Reviews praised Medeia Sharif's BESTEST. RAMADAN. EVER. as a "humorous, hip look at the ups and downs of fasting for Ramadan within the context of intergenerational and cultural challenges."

School Library Journal had this to say about POSSESSION: “Emotion pumps through every scene of this thriller. Given all the urgency and action, the novel’s ending may surprise readers as the heroic adventure turns into a tragic love story.”

POSSESSION has also gotten reviews from Kirkus, Publisher's Weekly, and MTV.com. Click here to read more.

☞More good news from Kirkus Reviews, this time for Sheela Chari's VANISHED: "Chari, in her debut novel, strikes the right note with this engaging, intricate story that spans generations and two countries." Read the full review here.

Sales and Subsidiary Rights
☞XVI is coming out in Germany! It's already available for pre-order on Amazon Germany. (Click the link to see the awesome cover.)

Contests and Giveaways
☞Regal Literary is giving away 10 signed hardcover copies of POSSESSION in their YA Summer Giveaway. The contest is open until June 30. Click here for more details and to enter.

☞Sara Bennett Wealer is giving away a signed copy of the awesome LIKE MANDARIN by Kirsten Hubbard. Details are right here.

☞Sonia Gensler is giving away a copy of Stephanie Perkins' ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS as part of her "Three Weeks to THE REVENANT Giveaway." Enter to win here.

Other fabulousness
☞Read an interview with Angela Cerrito on Cynsations.

Congratulations, Elevensies!
Elana Johnson


Welcome to News At Eleven! Lots of exciting things this week!

Jessica Martinez's VIRTUOSITY sold in France this week!

Kim Harrington's CLARITY and PERCEPTION sold in Greece!

Elana Johnson's POSSESSION sold in Turkey!

Rae Carson's THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS sold to Turkey and France!

<<< The British cover for DEARLY DEPARTED by Lia Habel is out! Congrats, Lia.

Simon Pulse bought the second book in the Kristi Cook's Winterhaven series. The still-untitled sequel to HAVEN will come out sometime in 2012!

Dawn Metcalf (author of LUMINOUS (June, 2011, Dutton) is Paying It Forward with an ARC of Dreamland Social Club!
Win two ARCs in a contest for one!

Cool Stuff:
Author Kiki Hamilton (THE FAERIE RING) is going to be signing and giving away ARCs (along with Lisa Desrochers) at BEA on Tuesday, May 24th from 2:30 - 3:30 at Table 12. If you're there - please stop by!

The first two chapters of Elana Johnson's POSSESSION were released into the wild!
Click here to download them for free.

Randy Russell's Dead Rules received a Starred Kirkus Review, which isn't available on their site until May 15. Link to the review is currently available at http://www.ghostfolk.com.

Paolo Bacigalupi, Printz-award winning author of Ship Breaker, had this to say about THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS: "Palace intrigues, desert rebellions, kidnappings, forbidden romance, and bloody betrayals, along with not a little time at the banquet table, make THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS a delicious debut, even before Elisa begins to ask meaty questions about the nature of faith and her destiny in a country on the verge of war."

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Amy Holder's THE LIPSTICK LAWS received this review from School Library Journal: "Holder presents the teen milieu through realistic dialogue and situations, and lightens heavy moments with humor. The protagonist is well developed, and her struggles and gradual self-realizations are believable as she ultimately finds true friends and the self-confidence to make the right choices."

Congrats Elevensies!