PROJECT DROID BOOK TRAILER!!!

 

At Sky Pony Press, we love being totally silly. And nothing gets sillier than the PROJECT DROID series by New York Times bestselling author Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, brought to life with the side-splitting illustrations of Mike Moran.

But now we have something even more exciting! Because Logan and Java just got a BOOK TRAILER!

Check it out here, and then go check out PROJECT DROID!

 

Science No Fair!

When you have an android cousin, losing your head takes on a whole new meaning!

There’s nothing Logan Applebaum has ever wanted more than to have another kid around the house. So when his inventor mom builds him a robot cousin, Logan’s really excited—until he finds out that it’s not so easy keeping Java’s android identity a secret. Becasue even though Java is really smart, he doesn’t seem to understand anything.

Still, with the third grade science fair coming up, having a cousin with a computer for a brain might come in handy. Does having Java around mean Logan finally has a chance at winning first prize? Or will those nasty, super-sneaky Silverspoon twins outsmart him again?


Soccer Shocker!

The Purple Wombats’ secret weapon has a really big secret.

Anyone would love having a super-scoring robot Java on his team. Well anyone except Java’s human cousin, Logan. That’s because, up until now, Logan has been the Wombat’s top scorer—and he has no desire to share the field with the team’s new start player. Especially because Java won’t let the other kids get near the ball—never mind the goal.

If it were up to Logan, he would just kick Java right off the field. Because as far as Logan is concerned, there’s no in team, and there shouldn’t be a droid on one, either.

 


My Robot Ate My Homework

How in the world can Logan get out of this mess?

Logan has the perfect plan for all of his pesky homework—just have his cousin, Java, do it for him. With a robot cousin, Logan’s pretty much guaranteed straight As.

But when Mrs. Perriwinkle announces that the class will have a geography bee, Logan realizes that if he doesn’t start filling his own hard drive with facts, he’ll be exposed as a cheater.

The competition’s going to be tough. Can Logan outsmart the mega-mean Silverspoon twins and a cousin who’s a super computer to come out on top?

 

 


Nancy Krulik is the author of more than two hundred books for children and young adults including three New York Times bestsellers and the popular Katie Kazoo, Switcheroo; George Brown, Class Clown; and Magic Bone series. She lives in New York City with her husband and crazy beagle mix.

Amanda Burwasser holds a BFA with honors in creative writing from Pratt Institute in New York City. Her senior thesis earned her the coveted Pratt Circle Award. A preschool teacher, she resides in California.

Mike Moran is a dad, husband, and illustrator. His illustrations can be seen in children’s books, animation, magazines, games, World Series programs, and more. He lives in New Jersey.

 

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Looking Inside Sky Pony Press with Assistant Editor, Kylie Brien

Special Opportunity!

WIN A CRITIQUE BY A SKY PONY EDITOR

Purchase a copy of LIZZIE and LOU SEAL and

let Sky Pony know by emailing wsparkles@skyhorsepublishing.com


Looking Inside Sky Pony Press with Assistant Editor, Kylie Brien


“Good morning Sky Pony,” my editor says.

She reads at the coffee nook.

She reads at her desk,

In her thinking cap.

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My editor reads when she walks at lunch,

And with the people standing in line.

“Hmm, smells delicious!”

She reads with publicity

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and other editors.

“I like it a lot!”

Rachel Stark and Kylie Brien

She reads in the subway—

All the way home.

“Good night sweet writers and readers!”


 

 

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Cover Reveal for DEVILS WITHIN by S.F. Henson

Sky Pony has a real treat today! We’re honored to be hosting the cover reveal for S.F. Henson’s debut, Devils Within.

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Summary:

Killing isn’t supposed to be easy. But it is. It’s the after that’s hard to deal with.

Nate was eight the first time he stabbed someone; he was eleven when he earned his red laces—a prize for spilling blood for “the cause.” And he was fourteen when he murdered his father (and the leader of The Fort, a notorious white supremacist compound) in self-defense, landing in a treatment center while the state searched for his next of kin. Now, in the custody of an uncle he never knew existed, who wants nothing to do with him, Nate just wants to disappear.

Enrolled in a new school under a false name, so no one from The Fort can find him, he struggles to forge a new life, trying to learn how to navigate a world where people of different races interact without enmity. But he can’t stop awful thoughts from popping into his head, or help the way he shivers with a desire to commit violence. He wants to be different—he just doesn’t know where to start.

Then he meets Brandon, a person The Fort conditioned Nate to despise on sight. But Brandon’s also the first person to treat him like a human instead of a monster. Brandon could never understand Nate’s dark past, so Nate keeps quiet. And it works for a while. But all too soon, Nate’s worlds crash together, and he must decide between his own survival and standing for what’s right, even if it isn’t easy. Even if society will never be able to forgive him for his sins.

Like a teen American History X, S.F. Henson’s Devils Within is gut-wrenching, thought-provoking, no-holds-barred look at the plague of white supremacy in contemporary American culture that may have you examining your own soul.

 

We caught up with author S.F. Henson for a little bit more about Devils Within and how she felt when she first saw her cover:

This is not an easy book. I knew that as soon as I started researching—deep diving into the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate incidents in recent years, poring over their map of hate groups across the US, reading articles on how these groups operate and recruit. Nothing about it has been easy. Not the subject matter, nor the research, and certainly not the writing. For me, the cover concept was no different. When asked for my thoughts, I was at a complete loss. How do you sum up a book like this in one design?

Well, I was lucky enough to have the amazing Sammy Yuen design my cover. He was able to take this huge, difficult thing and create one simple, perfect image that says so much. It’s sparse, but the more I stare at it, the more I feel. Cold, alone, dangerous. All feelings Nate, the main character, struggles with in the book.

I couldn’t be more thrilled with image Sammy used. The red laces and what they signify are an important factor throughout DEVILS WITHIN. I adore everything about this cover. The starkness, the font, and my favorite—and I think the most telling—detail: the drip of blood oozing down the shoe lace. How can something as innocuous as a shoelace be so unnerving? You’ll just have to read the book and find out.

 

S.F. Henson was born and raised in the deep south. She graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science, which she put to great use by attending law school. Her law degree has gotten some mileage, though, giving her the experience to write about criminals and other dark, nefarious subjects. She lives beside a missile test range in Huntsville, Alabama with her husband, dog, two oddly named cats, and, of course, the missiles that frequently shake her house. Devils Within is her first novel.

Visit her online at www.sfhenson.com, and follow her on Twitter at @sfhwrites, on Instagram at sf.henson, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sfhenson/

Devils Within will be released from Sky Pony Press on September 5, 2017. Pre-order now or mark it on your calendars.

 

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Making (Encaustic Wax) Waves with Patricia Keeler

The warm weather is coming and we’ll be ready with our flip-flops, sunglasses, and author and illustrator Patricia Keeler’s Lizzie and Lou Seal!

We wanted to know how Patricia made Lizzie’s blow up toy, Lou Seal, look plastic and the waves appear . . . well . . . wet! Below, Patricia takes us behind the scenes to discover her process.

Making (Encaustic Wax) Waves with Patricia Keeler

I love texture! Rough textures, slimy textures, bumpy textures, and silky textures that appear almost transparent. Silky textures like plastic or an ocean wave can be made using encaustic wax.

Encaustic wax comes in colored blocks and clear seeds.

The colored blocks of wax can be grated and melted.

Turn up the jazz and let the fun begin!

 

Add some magic and

Catch that wave, Lizzie!

 

The Encaustic Wax post giveaway is Lizzie’s exquisite Lou Seal necklace!

To enter, purchase a copy of Lizzie and Lou Seal then email a screen shot receipt

to Sky Pony’s Winston Sparkles at

wsparkles@skyhorsepublishing.com 

 

All entrees will be eligible to win the

GRAND PRIZE

of a manuscript critique by

Sky Pony Assistant Editor, Kylie Brien.

Visit Patricia Keeler at Book Expo America, Booth AM34, June 1 and 2, 2017 

Next week:  Meet Sky Pony Assistant Editor, Kylie Brien

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Letting Go to Get It Right: Patricia Keeler Discusses Her Motivations For Creating LIZZIE and LOU SEAL.

 

Several years ago I got a contract for a picture book I had written and illustrated. When I turned in the final images, the book was cancelled.

I had made the editorial and illustration changes my picture book group and then the publisher’s editorial staff suggested. My realistically portrayed main character stayed under the watchful eye of her dad. She never smacked her chewing gum or stamped her feet. I had no idea how my work could be any more appropriate for the children’s book industry.

When attending to the remarks of children’s book groups and the publisher’s editorial guidance didn’t lead to a successful book, I decided to stop listening—to follow my heart—and take artistic chances!

I created a solid little girl with red hair that stuck out in all directions, much like the rock star PINK’s hair does.

 

I wanted a noisy girl who races around the beach in joyous abandon, while dragging a blow-up seal twice her size. How cool if her home was a retro beach trailer?

Lizzie and her pal Lou Seal were born!

Now sharpen your pencil, swing your hips, and draw Lizzie with me! Be sure not to miss the last 30 seconds!

I began experimenting with mixed media. I created page spreads using photographs of seashells that I collected from the beach. On the back cover I painted partially over a photograph of a sand castle I built.

I tried hand lettering. Then I threw sand across the page!

I wanted Lou Seal to look like she was made of plastic. I tried using an encaustic wax process. That worked for Lou Seal, but I discovered— surprise, surprise—it created dynamic ocean waves!

Now I write about the things I love­—feisty girls, retro trailers and the beach. I boldly experiment with new artistic techniques. I’m having fun!

LIZZIE and LOU SEAL is now available for preorder!

If you preorder LIZZIE and LOU SEAL and email a screen shot receipt to Sky Pony’s logo pony Winston Sparkles (he kicks up his heels when he gets mail!) at:

wsparkles@skyhorsepublishing.com

you will be eligible to win Petal Power, a signed print, by Patricia Keeler.

And that’s not all!

You will be entered into the GRAND PRIZE

of a picture book manuscript critique by the

Sky Pony editor of LIZZIE and LOU SEAL, Kylie Brian.

Next week:  Using Encaustic Wax in a Picture Book

Meet Patricia Keeler at Book Expo America 2017, Booth AM34, this June!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Author and Illustrator, Patricia Keeler Takes On the Sky Pony Q & A

We’re excited for Spring weather and gearing up for the release of some amazing Spring books! To celebrate our excitement, we’re going to be featuring a month of Patricia Keeler! Stay tuned for some giveaways at the end!


 

Lizzie and Lou Seal is a beach mystery for the youngest kids. Lizzie races with her blow-up toy, Lou Seal, out of her beach trailer, across the boardwalk and down to the ocean. But Lou Seal is loosing her puff! A sharp-eyed reader will discover why! When will Lizzie notice? And can Lizzie fix Lou Seal?

Lizzie and Lou Seal will be on sale on April 4, 2017.

Questions for Patricia Keeler, Author and Illustrator of Lizzie and Lou Seal

 

Q:  Why did you gravitate to the genre that you write and illustrate in?

I do picture books because the creation of new story ideas often makes me laugh. It’s just fun to write and draw stories that have blow-up seals for pets, bicycle wheels made of flowers, and rabbits in harlequin pants who carry umbrellas. Getting a story published is a wonderful way to share the joy!

 

Q:  Is it difficult to balance being both an author and illustrator?

Being an author/illustrator is a demanding job, so luckily I’m very good at keeping things under control.

Q:  What are you reading right now?

I’m loving the rhyming story of Leonard’s Beard by Nancy Cote and the button hoarding raccoon in Dewey Bob by J. Byron Schachner. And I want to be as adventurous as the Cinderella character who accidently leaves her pogo stick behind (that the prince finds) in the LOL book The Daring Prince Dashing written by Marilou T. Reeder and illustrated by Karl West.

 

Q:  What is your favorite place to create books?

I do my best work in my studio in Hoboken, New Jersey, in the middle of the night, in my pajamas. With jelly doughnuts.

 

Q:  If you could have any animal as a pet (current or extinct), what would it be?

When researching a picture book about African dance and culture, I came across an opaki. With the ears of a chihauhua, the body of a horse, and the legs of a zebra, this charming animal is actually in the camel family. An opaki can be found in the wild in the forests of the Congo.

It might be a squeeze to have an opaki in my tiny apartment, but there’s a story in the zeitgeist yet to be created about a magical African opaki!

Q:  What’s your favorite GIF?

Lizzie and Lou Seal wait, waiting for their new book!

 

Q:  Milk, dark or white chocolate?

Oh, no! Must I pick one? I love each one of their unique attributes!

 

Q:  What did you want to grow up to be when you were Lizzie’s age?

My favorite book was the strange and wonderful Three Little Horses by Piet Worm. The main character, Peter, dressed up the three horses and took them to meet the queen. I wanted to grow up to ride horses or meet the queen, or both.


Let us know what was your favorite book as a child!

Leave the title and tell us why you loved it in the comment section below.

One entry will be chosen to receive Lizzie’s Favorite Flip Flop earrings!

And that’s not all!

Everyone leaving a comment in the month of March will have a chance to

win the grand prize of a manuscript critique

by Kylie Brien, Assistant Editor at Sky Pony Press!

Next Week:  The Making of Lizzie and Lou Seal

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ALA Mid-Winter Preview Post

Sky Pony is very excited that we’ll be attending ALA Mid-Winter this year. Here’s all the information you need to know about booth number, panels, signings, and giveaways.

For more on the books, look below the schedule.

Stop by the booth and say hi!  We can’t wait to see you!

ALA Mid-Winter

Friday, January 20 – Sunday January, 23

Booth #1944

Friday, January 20

6:00-7:00pm GIVEAWAY: The Ender Eye Prophecy by Cara J. Stevens, art by David Norgren and Elias Norgren (Middle Grade)

6:00-7:00pm GIVEAWAY: Gorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones (Picture Book)

Saturday, January 21

ALL DAY GIVEAWAY: Touch the Earth Mini Poster

10:00-11:00am GIVEAWAY: Rock Away Granny by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Mike DeSantis (Picture Book)

2:00-3:00pm AUTHOR SIGNING: Sarah Reida, Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production (Middle Grade)

4:00-5:00pm GIVEAWAY: Project Droid #2: Soccer Shocker! by Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, illustrated by Mike Moran (Chapter Book)

4:00-5:00pm GIVEAWAY: Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson (Chapter Book)

Sunday, January 22

10:00-11:00am AUTHOR SIGNING: Melissa E. Hurst, The Edge of Forever (YA)

12:00-12:50pm PANEL: “YA Gets Real: Character Driven Contemporary Fiction” at the Pop Top Stage – J.C. Davis, author of Cheesus Was Here (YA)

2:00-3:00pm AUTHOR SINGNING: J.C. Davis, Cheesus Was Here (YA)

4:00-5:00pm GIVEAWAY: That Burning Summer by Lydia Syson (YA)

4:00-5:00pm GIVEAWAY: Abigale Hale by Lauren A. Forry (Adult)

Monday, January 23

10:00-11:00am GIVEAWAY: Secrets of an Overworld Survivor Book #1: Lost in the Jungle by Greyson Mann, illustrated by Grace Sanford (Chapter Book)


Throughout the weekend we will be raffling off a

SPECIAL EDITION LIMITED giclee print from TOUCH THE EARTH.

You must be an attendee at the show to win. Stop by our booth for a chance to win! 

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The Ender Eye Phrophecy by Cara J. Stevens, art by David Norgren and Elias Norgren

This advenEnder Eye Prophecy 9781510714830ture series is created especially for readers who love the fight of good vs. evil, magical academies like Hogwarts in the Harry Potter saga, and games like Minecraft, Terraria, and Pokemon GO!

Peace has finally been restored in Xenos, but Phoenix longs to return home to her family of miners. Sheltered by the monks who guard the border world, she spends her days searching for clues about her real identity.

Just when Phoenix is losing hope that she’ll ever discover the truth, two miner ambassadors arrive at the monastery, looking for a girl from their ancient legends who is said to wear an enchanted Ender eye necklace and is destined to save their village. Could that girl be Phoenix?

Determined to follow every clue that could set her free, Phoenix decides to join them on their quest to restore peace to their land. But along the way, zombie pirates attack, capturing Phoenix and taking her to the Nether. Now it’s up to Xander to convince the villagers and miners to put aside their differences and come to Phoenix’s rescue. The fate of their world depends on it.

Fans of Minecraft will be on the edge of their seats in this thrilling follow-up to Quest for the Golden Apple and Revenge of the Zombie Monks!

 

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Gorillas in Our Midst by Richard Fairgray and Terry Jones

Gorillas can be hard to spot, because they are masters of disguise and really good at hiding. Gorillas often have jobs where they get to wear masks—that’s why so many gorillas are surgeons, astronauts, scuba divers, and ninjas. There are adult gorillas and kid gorillas. There are even gorillas that go to school with you. You may think you’ve seen a gorilla swinging by before, but it’s much more likely that he was an orangutan—orangutans are terrible at hiding. You will know when there are lots of gorillas living in your midst because the grocery stores will be entirely out of bananas. In fact, you should always carry a banana with you, because you never know when there might be a gorilla around.

Gorillas in Our Midst is all silliness and fun, and is destined to become a new favorite. Comic artist Richard Fairgray’s illustrations are filled with wonderful details for kids to discover with each read. Kids will love spotting the gorillas on each page and are sure to laugh out loud at the gorillas’ many disguises. And, of course, a story like this can’t end without a surprising twist!


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Touch the Earth by Julian Lennon and Bart Davis, illustrated by Smiljana Coh

Jump aboard the White Feather Flier, a magical plane that can go wherever you want. Just press a button printed on the page, and point the plane up in the air to fly, or down to land it.

The Flier’s mission is to transport readers around the world, to engage them in helping to save the environment, and to teach one and all to love our planet.

Fly to the top of a mountain. Send clean water to thirsty people. Dive deep into the ocean (the Flier turns into a submarine!) to pick up pollution and bring back the fish.

Explore the planet, meet new people, and help make the world a better place.
An inspiring, lyrical story, rooted in Lennon’s life and work, with beautiful illustrations that bring the faraway world closer to young children.

The book includes words to a special poem written by Julian Lennon, specifically for Touch the Earth.

Touch The Earth is the first book in a planned trilogy.

A portion of the proceeds from books sales will go to support the environmental and humanitarian efforts of the White Feather Foundation.


 

Rock Away Granny by Dandi Daley Mackall, illustrated by Mike DeSantisRock Away Granny Cover (2)

Getting dropped off at Grandma’s house could be a total snooze. Hours of sitting in the rocking chairs. But not this Grandma. Up she hops to wheel out the record player. And then, with kitty as the DJ—a dance party! The twist, the swing, the Monster Mash—they rock, rock, rock, at Granny’s house tonight.

Then right as Mom returns, everyone crashes out in the rocking chairs. Just another boring night at Grandma’s (Mom thinks). Wink!

Includes pictures of easy to follow dance steps like the side pass, cuddle, and underarm turn.

 


monsterville-9781510707337Monsterville: A Lissa Black Production by Sarah S. Reida

Beware what lurks beneath your bed. . . . It could lead to a monstrous adventure.

Thirteen-year-old Lissa Black is miserable when her parents force her to move from New York City (the perfect home for an aspiring writer/director/actress) to Freeburg, Pennsylvania, nowhere capital of the world. There’s nothing to do there, except play her little sister Haylie’s favorite new game, Monsterville, and hang out with her new neighbor Adam.

But when a walk in the woods lands her face-to-face with a swamp monster hungry for brains and then a Sasquatch that moos, even Lissa can’t call her new home totally boring. With Adam’s help, she catches the culprit behind the drama: a shape-shifting goblin who’s fled from the monster world of Down Below.

And what do you do with a creature that can be literally anything? Make monster movies, of course! Lissa is convinced that Blue will be the secret to her big break.

But when Haylie goes missing on Halloween, Lissa, Adam, and the monster must venture Down Below to stage a rescue—and face the real Monsterville, which is anything but a game.

Monsterville is a fusion of The Boxtrolls, Jumanji, and Candyland, weaving together friendship, family, and monsters into a funny fantasy-horror brimming with heart from a great new middle grade voice.

 


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Project Droid #2: Soccer Shocker! by Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, illustrated by Mike Moran

When Mom tells Logan that Java is joining his soccer team, the Purple Wombats, he’s not thrilled. It’s a lot of work teaching his new robot cousin how to act like a human—and keeping him out of trouble—and Logan needs a break.

Still, being programmed for success means that Java’s also great at scoring. He might just turn the Wombats into a championship team, beating Sherry and Jerry Silverspoon and their Red Polar Bears . . . if he’d just let the other kids play, too. After being replaced as the Wombats’ MVP, Logan’s had enough.

But when Java gets wet and goes on the fritz, can the whole team—even a short-circuiting Java—come together to score the winning goal?

The second in a fantastically funny new chapter book series by internationally bestselling author Nancy Krulik and her daughter, Amanda Burwasser, Soccer Shocker is destined to win tons of fans.


Harper and the Scarlet UmbrellaHarper and the Scarlet Umbrella by Cerrie Burnell, illustrated by Laura Ellen Anderson

Once there was a girl named Harper who had a rare musical gift. She heard songs on the wind, rhythms on the rain, and hope in the beat of a butterfly’s wing.

Harper lives in the City of Clouds, an enchanting place where it rains every day and an umbrella is always a good idea. With her Aunt Sassy, her beloved cat, Midnight, and all of her neighbors in the Tall Apartment Block, every day is full of possibility.

But when every cat in the city goes missing—including Midnight—Harper is determined to find all of the precious pets. And she’ll need a magic, flying umbrella to help in her search. Recruiting friends from her building to help, the magic umbrella whisks them into the sky on the trail of the cats and adventure.

They stumble on the Midnight Orchestra—tabbies on triangle, Siamese singing, Persians on piccolo—all under the direction of its fearsome, wild conductor. But can the group use their talents, quick thinking, musical skill, and a little magic to stage a rescue like no other?

Harper and the Scarlet Umbrella is a spellbinding tale of friendship, music, and magic featuring a diverse cast, brought to life through stunning illustrations. A perfect book to be shared and treasured.


The Edge of Forever by Melissa E. HurstEdge of Forever 9781632204240

In 2013, sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146, seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.


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Sixteen-year-old Delaney Delgado knows miracles aren’t real—if they were, her kid sister wouldn’t be dead. So when the image of baby Jesus appears on a Babybel cheese wheel, she’s not buying the idea that God’s got a dairy obsession. Soon, religious signs begin turning up all over Del’s hometown, tiny Clemency, Texas. Overnight, news vans fill the streets and religious pilgrims start searching for God in the discount aisle of the grocery store.

Hell-bent on proving the so-called miracles are fake, Del convinces her best friend, Gabe, to help her find the truth. While Gabe’s willing to play detective, as a preacher’s son he’s more interested in finding evidence that supports the miracles. But when the whole town becomes caught up in religious fervor and even the late-night talk show hosts have stopped laughing and started to believe, finding the truth might cause more trouble than Del can handle. This novel is neither pro nor anti-religion, and will appeal to fans of contemporary YA novels that explore deep themes with an element of humor. The voice and characters are funny, strong, and full of heart. This is a book for anyone who loved Saved!


That Burning Summer by Lydia SysonThat Burning Summer 9781510711723

It’s July 1940 on the south coast of England. A plane crash-lands in the marsh, and sixteen-year-old Peggy finds its broken pilot—a young Polish airman named Henryk. Afraid and unwilling to return to the fight, Henryk needs a place to hide, and Peggy helps him find his way to a remote, abandoned church.

Meanwhile, Peggy’s eleven-year-old brother Ernest is doing his best to try to understand the war happening around him. He’s reading all the pamphlets—he knows all the rules, he knows exactly what to do in every situation. He’s prepared, but not for Peggy’s hidden pilot.

Told in alternating points of view, this is a beautifully written story about growing up in wartime and finding the difference between following the rules and following your heart.


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Abigale Hall by Lauren A. Forry

Amid the terror of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Eliza and her troubled little sister Rebecca have had their share of tragedy, having lost their mother to the Blitz and their father to suicide. Forced to leave London to work for the mysterious Mr. Brownwell at Abigale Hall, they soon learn that the worst is yet to come. The vicious housekeeper, Mrs. Pollard, seems hell-bent on keeping the ghostly secrets of the house away from the sisters and forbids them from entering the surrounding town—and from the rumors that circulate about Abigale Hall. When Eliza uncovers some blood-splattered books, ominous photographs, and portraits of a mysterious woman, she begins to unravel the mysteries of the house, but with Rebecca falling under Mrs. Pollard’s spell, she must act quickly to save her sister, and herself, from certain doom.

Perfect for readers who hunger for the strange, Abigale Hall is an atmospheric debut novel where the threat of death looms just beyond the edge of every page. Lauren A. Forry has created a historical ghost story where the setting is as alive as the characters who inhabit it and a resonant family drama of trust, loyalty, and salvation.

 


Secrets of an Overworld Survivor #1: Lost in the Jungle by Greyson Mann, illustrated by Grace Sanford

Will has spent his whole life in the shadow of his older brother, Seth. Sure, his brother is a master buildLost in the Jungleer who is known throughout the entire Overworld, but Will knows he could make his own mark in Minecraft if anyone would give him the chance to prove himself. So when Will gets the chance to go on his first solo adventure, he jumps at the opportunity.

Seth urges Will to stay at home where he’ll be safe, or at least take some time to prepare for the journey, but Will knows he has the courage and strength to face whatever strange biomes or hostile mobs the Overworld has in store for him.

Will’s quest gets off to a great start when he meets Mina, a fellow adventurer, and they decide to look for excitement together. But when the two get separated and night starts to fall, Will realizes he is lost. With spiders and creepers spawning all around him and no shelter in sight, can Will survive the night all on his own?

Beginning readers—and gamers—will be on the edge of their seats in this thrilling first installment in the Secrets of an Overworld Survivor chapter book series!

 

 

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Live Chat with TIMEKEEPER author Tara Sim

And we’re live!

 

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Feel free to chime in at any point by typing your questions into the box below. Tara and Alison will get to as many as possible. And don’t forget to scroll down to the post below to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Timekeeper.

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Live Chat with TIMEKEEPER author Tara Sim!

Join us on Monday, December 12 as we chat live with Timekeeper author Tara Sim!

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Timekeeper is a triumph . . . If you read only one such book . . . let it be this one.” –Bustle

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 9:00PM EST

Join Sky Pony editor, Alison Weiss, as she chats with Timekeeper author Tara Sim about her debut, her publishing path, and what you can expect from her in the future. The only thing we still need? YOU!

You can find the chat right here next Monday. Click on the box below and you can even sign up to be sent a reminder by email!

Haven’t read Timekeeper yet? No problem. We’ll attempt to keep the chat as spoiler free as possible. Emphasis on attempt.

If you can’t make it, no worries. Feel free to leave your questions in the comments section below, and Alison will work them into the conversation.

We hope you’ll join us! We can’t wait to see you!


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And there’s more! We’re running a Rafflcopter! Tara’s graciously agreed to sign a copy of Timekeeper and we’ll be giving it away to one lucky winner. Enter below!

 

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TIMEKEEPER

I was in an accident. I got out. I’m safe now.

An alternate Victorian world controlledby clock towers, where a damaged clock can fracture time–and a destroyed one can stop it completely.

A prodigy mechanic who can repair not only clockwork but time itself. determined to rescue his father from a Stopped town.

A series of mysterious bombings that could jeopardize all of England.

A boy who would give anything to relive his past, and one who would give anything to live at all.

A romance that will shake the very foundations of time.

The first book in a dazzling new steampunk-fantasy trilogy, Timekeeper introduces a magical world of mythology and innovation that readers will never want to leave.

sim-tara-timekeeperTara Sim is a YA author found in the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not writing about magic, clocks, and boys, she drinks tea, wrangles cats, and sings opera.

Tara grew up in California, but braved the elements of Virginia to study English/Creative Writing at Hollins University.

Half-Indian and full geek, she eats too many samosas and awkwardly dances to Bhangra music.

Timkeeper is her first novel.

Follow her on Twitter @EachStarAWorld, or online at www.tarasim.com where you can find fun Timekeeper extras.


Paste Magazine Best Book 2016
Barnes & Noble Teen Blog Best Queer Fantasy 2016

Timekeeper is an extraordinary debut, at once familiar and utterly original. Between its compelling world, its lovely prose, and its wonderful characters, the pages flew by.” —Victoria Schwab, #1 New York Timesbestselling author

“Alive with myth, mystery, and glorious romance, Timekeeper will keep hearts pounding and pages turning til the stunning conclusion. Reader beware—there’s magic in these pages.” —Heidi Heilig, author of The Girl from Everywhere

Timekeeper’s premise is original and its world unique.” —EW.com

“While the world is wildly interesting and fantastic, with broken clock towers that have left towns frozen in time, it’s the emotional impact and diverse cast of characters that make this book soar . . . The resulting story is an exciting and inclusive one, drawing in elements of magic, mystical spirits, swoon-filled romance, and just so much more.” —BookRiot

“Part mystery and part romance, this fantasy novel delves into what it means to grow up and make important decisions. With an easily relatable main character struggling to fit in, the novel has a realistic and contemplative voice. VERDICT: A must-have richly written fantasy novel that will have readers eagerly anticipating the next volume.” —School Library Journal

“Sim creates a cast of complex and diverse characters, as well as a mythology to explain how the clock towers came to exist . . . an enjoyable, well-realized tale.” —Publishers Weekly

“[M]ystery, LGBTQ romance, and supernatural tale of clock spirits and sabotage that explores how far people might go for those they love. Its strongest elements are the time-related mythology and the supernatural gay romance.” —Booklist

“This LGBTQ steampunk romance sports a killer premise and admirably thorough worldbuilding, helpfully annotated in the author’s afterword. The characters—even the bad guys—are sympathetically drawn and commendably diverse in sexuality and gender.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An enjoyable start to a promising new trilogy.” —BookPage

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Your Black Friday Book Shopping Guide

Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Need some help? We’ve got you covered for the book lovers in your life! Check out our suggestions below!


Best book for werewolf fans: Earning My Spots by Mark Eastburn

Summary: Sam and his family are the only werehyenas in their town, and he’s often told that he’s inferior to all the other kids of shifters. But as tensions rise between shifters and humans, it becomes clear that Sam is the only one who can stop a war that’s on the brink of erupting.

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Best books for fans of Once Upon A Time: Roses: The Tales Trilogy, Book 1 and Feathers: The Tales Trilogy, Book 2 by Rose Mannering

Roses Summary: Her silvery appearance is freakish to the numerous inhabitants of Sago, and she is tauntingly named Beauty by those who torment her. After fleeing town in the wake of a violent uprising that sets out to massacre all Magics, she is captured by State officials who threaten to take her back to war-torn Sago. She manages to escape them during a blizzard by running into a deep, enchanted forest, where she meets a great and terrible beast who will bargain for her life. But can Beauty accept Beast?

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Feathers Summary: Outcast from birth for his ability to turn into a swan, Ode was forced to discover how to control his remarkable gift entirely on his own. But even with his gift, he cannot save his family from the oncoming war. The Magical Cleansing is spreading across the realm, and strangers arrive from foreign lands bringing with them bloodshed and fear. With the help of his gift, Ode flees to a distant island where answers, Magic, and a girl with golden hair await him.
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Best book for Shakespeare lovers and theater kids: The Taming of the Drew by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Summary: Cass is so excited for her leading role in The Taming of the Shrew at the summer apprentice program of a Shakespeare theater company. But her co-lead in the play, Drew, is a total troll—and Cass’s bunkmate has a huge crush on him. So Cass decides to “tame” Drew and give him a personality makeover. What could possibly go wrong?

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Best book for anyone who feels like an outsider: A Blind Guide to Normal by Beth Vrabel

Summary: Ryder has limited vision and a prosthetic eye. His wit and popular made him popular at the school for the blind, but this year for eighth grade he’s going to the mainstream middle school—and fitting in is not as easy as he thought it would be. Can Ryder find his way to a new—and possibly even better— “normal”?

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Best book for someone who needs more time in her day: Timekeeper by Tara Sim

In an alternate Victorian London where clock towers control the flow of time and a broken clock can stop time completely, a young clock mechanic races to save his father who is trapped in a Stopped town, and to prevent attacks that could cripple all of England.

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Best books for young readers who wish they had a robot to do their chores: Project Droid #1: Science No Fair! and Project Droid #2: Soccer Shocker! by Nancy Krulik and Amanda Burwasser, illustrated by Mike Moran

Logan’s always wanted a kid brother, but when his inventor mom builds him a robot cousin, he realizes he’s gotten a lot more than he bargained for. Java is very literal-minded, and keeping his true identity a secret is going to be loads of trouble.

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Best book for a fan of science fiction: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

For fans of The Girl of Fire and Thorns comes a story of betrayal, love, and loss—all on a technologically advanced alien planet where monarchy reigns, but lies rule.

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Best book for the dancer: Spin the Sky by Jill Mackenzie

Summary: Magnolia Woodson wants nothing more than to get her and her sister, Rose, out of the pitifully small, clamming-obsessed Oregon town that hates them—she just doesn’t know how. When a nationwide televised dance competition posts tryouts in nearby Portland, Mags’s best friend, George, says they have to go and audition. This could be Mags’s chance of a lifetime—a chance to get her and Rose out of Summerland. But will the competition prove too steep? Mags will have to learn that following her dreams may mean changing her life forever.

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Best book for the video game addict: It’s a tie! Invasion of the Overworld by Mark Cheverton or Catching the Jigglypuff Thief by Alex Polan
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Best book for the teen who’s always prepared: Pandemic by Yvonne Ventresca
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Best book for the varsity star: Double Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

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