Our debut year has finally arrived! All of us Apocalypsies have been working so hard to finalize our books and now we get to watch them make their way into the world.
I can’t say enough about this supportive group. When I joined The Apocalypsies in April I had no idea what to expect, but over the last year I got to watch it grow to over 135 debut authors, each with their own inventive story and unique path to publication. We’ve spent 2011 sharing information, voicing concerns, asking questions, and generally living to spread the word about each other’s big moments on Twitter, Facebook, and our own blogs. I wish I’d had the opportunity to read every one of these books prior to its release, but I can say this: these authors are not only incredibly talented, they’re really fantastic people. 2012 is going to be an amazing year for middle grade and young adult fiction.
We’re only THREE days into the new year and we already have FIVE debuts to celebrate:
I’m so excited about my local San Francisco Bay Area neighbor, Veronica Rossi’s UNDER THE NEVER SKY. I got to meet Veronica last month and she let me read the first chapter, and now I can’t wait to dig into this book again. I have a feeling I won’t be able to put it down.
The first in a trilogy, UNDER THE NEVER SKY debuts today from HarperCollins and will soon be available in more than twenty-five foreign markets. Film rights have been optioned by Warner Bros. Read more about UNDER THE NEVER SKY.
I’ll be at at Rakestraw Books in Danville, CA on Sunday, January 8 at 7 PM to hear Veronica read. Tahereh Mafi, Ellen Schreiber and Anna Carey will be joining her for this great event! Check out Veronica’s site to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.
Anne Nesbet is another Bay Area neighbor and the debut author of THE CABINET OF EARTHS. This middle grade fiction story is already getting great attention:
“a-shimmer with magic” (Horn Book)… “charmingly creepy” (Kirkus)… “evocative prose and a confident narrative voice” (Publishers Weekly)… “readers will be swept along by the novel’s swift pace”(Shelf Awareness)… “a unique, interesting fantasy with just enough suspense to keep readers turning the pages into the night” (VOYA). It’s also featured on the Winter 2011-2012 Kids’ Indie Next List! Read more about THE CABINET OF EARTHS.
I’m taking my kids to meet Anne at one of my favorite book stores, Books Inc. on Fourth Street in Berkeley on Wednesday, January 11, at 7 p.m. I hear there will be salamander cookies!
CRACKED by K.M. Walton sounds like an incredible book. It’s the story of a teen who takes a bottle of pills and lands in the psych ward with the bully who drove him to attempt suicide.
I teach an anti-bullying program at my children’s school, so the premise of this story covers a topic that’s near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to read this book. Read more about CRACKED.
And I dare you to visit K.M. Walton’s website and try not to hang out there for hours. All I need to know is that she’s a fellow LOST fan to know that she’s my kind of person.
Then there’s Marissa Mayer’s CINDER, the futuristic re-envisioning of Cinderella as a cyborg mechanic. This book has been getting so much attention and I just can’t wait to read it myself. Read more about CINDER.
To get a taste of what we’re in for, check out the book trailer over at Entertainment Weekly: http://shelf-life.ew.com/2011/12/20/cin
I’ll be at Marissa’s launch event on January 26 at Books Inc. in San Francisco Opera Plaza at 7:00 p.m. Marissa will be reading along with fellow Apocalypsie, Megan Miranda (FRACTURE) and Daisy Whitney (THE RIVALS). Check out Marissa’s tour schedule to see if she’s coming to a bookstore near you.
From Publisher’s Weekly: “Kinard creates a highly credible middle-school universe of popular girls, dorky boys, unpredictable teachers, and volatile loyalties; she hits all the right notes as Kara learns that first opinions are rarely accurate and that the scientific method does not always apply to human beings.” Read more about THE BOY PROJECT.
I’m so excited for my newest author friends as their books make their way into the world in 2012, and I’ll continue to share books here as they debut. Here’s a list of all of our books, debut dates, and links to our sites. Much more to come this month and this apocalyptic year. Read ’em like there’s no tomorrow!