A Day in the Life: Sky Pony’s Publicist

 Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work at a publishing company? There are many different jobs that one can do in book publishing. Today our publicist, Cheryl Lew is sharing what a day in the life of a publicist is like. Check it out below!  

 


What is Publicity?

To be honest, before I chanced into it, I had no idea the role that publicity played in book publishing. Simply put, the job of a publicist is to secure media coverage, help set up signings and events, and promote authors in any way they can. While social media generally falls under Marketing—not Publicity—since we are a small company, I am also in charge of Skyhorse’s Instagram account (@skyhorsepub).

 

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Here at Skyhorse, I’m lucky enough to work primarily with children’s and young adult authors and the extremely talented Sky Pony Press team! In Publicity, each day is different, but here are a few things that happen on a typical one:

Weekly Publicity Meeting: Every Tuesday morning, the Publicity team gathers for a meeting where we share important media hits, ask questions, and brainstorm current events that we can to tie our books to. These current events cover all different topics—election coverage, the Oscars, National Oreo Day, #damndaniel, etc.—and since we publish so many different kinds of books, we often have a title to suggest for each one! We recently welcomed a couple of new members to our Publicity team, so this is also a great opportunity for us to all get to know each other and pick each other’s brains for new ideas.

Author Meeting: Last week, I was fortunate enough to meet author and illustrator Richard Fairgray, who has written three picture books with us so far: Gorillas in Our Midst (Spring 2015), My Grandpa’s A Dinosaur (Spring 2016), and That’s Not the Monster We Ordered (Fall 2016). Since Richard lives in New Zealand, I had never met him before, and it was very exciting to finally put a face to a name. The majority of our authors/illustrators live in different states—and even different countries—so it’s always a treat when they come in to the office for a visit!

Sky Pony Press Blog Meeting: Once a month, the Sky Pony Press team meets to discuss the schedule for the next month’s blog posts. It’s a time where we can discuss which books, both upcoming and backlist, to feature in each of our posts and how to creatively do so. Since the team gets along so well, it’s always a great time, and we all get really into suggesting fun and unique ways to feature our favorites!

Media Outreach: Arguably the most important part of my job is media outreach, which entails emailing or calling editors of magazines, newspapers, TV shows, radio, and online outlets to see if they are interested in doing a feature, review, or author interview for our books. In my experience, interacting with Mommy/Daddy and YA bloggers is the most fun because they are so passionate about what they read and are always excited to receive a copy of a book in exchange for an honest review!

ARC Mailing: About four months before the pub date, certain books receive ARCs (advanced reading copies), and it’s my job to send them out to long lead outlets—such as magazines and large newspapers—that want books several months ahead of time. On this particular day, I sent out three Sky Pony Press young adult novels to reviewers: A Million Times Goodnight by Kristina McBride, Life Before by Michele Bacon, and Feathers by Rose Mannering. How gorgeous are those covers?

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My favorite parts of this job are being able to meet with authors I have previously worked with and members of the media from outlets that I’ve grown up reading/watching. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet with editors at The Today Show, Good Morning America, The New York Times, SELF, School Library Journal, and several others. I’ve also been given the opportunity to travel to and work trade shows like Book Expo America (BEA) and ALA (a bi-yearly conference for librarians) where I was able to meet and talk with both media and consumers directly. It’s always exciting when children at these shows run over to our booth to look at our Minecraft or other kids’ books!

When I chose publishing as a career path, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do, but I’ve definitely found a home in publicity at Sky Pony Press!

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Welcome to Camp Pikachu—Favorite Pokémon

Welcome to Camp Pikachu by Alex Polan hit shelves yesterday. To celebrate the release of our Unofficial Stories for Pokémon Collectors series, the Sky Pony team decided to share our favorite Pokémon with you. Check it out below along with the new book! Don’t forget to leave a comment with your favorite Pokémon!


Welcome to Camp Pikachu by Alex Polan

Welcome to Camp Pikachu_coverWelcome to Camp Pikachu, where kids can act out adventures from their favorite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points and badges and, if they’re lucky, make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame!

During their first week at Camp Pikachu, Marco and his friends on Team Treecko find the perfect secret base: a tree house straight out of Fortree City. They proudly post their team flag out front. But during a game of capture the flag, someone vandalizes their base. Who did it?

Marco thinks he knows: Team Fennekin, led by Stella and her brother, Sam. Sam is always up to no good. And his big sister is as mean as Meowth, the cat that prowls the camp.

During the next round of capture the flag, Team Treecko bands together and tries every Pokémon trick they know. Logan makes mud balls and Pitfall Mats. Nisha creates a catapult inspired by Clemont. And Maddy? Well, she’d help, too, if she weren’t so busy making Poké Puffs.

But when Sam gets hit by a stone mixed in with the mud balls, the game comes to a screeching halt—and Team Treecko discovers that Sam may not be quite the bully they thought he was.

Just as Pokémon can Mega Evolve with Mega Stones, can a bully change his ways? Team Treecko is about to find out!

The first book in an exciting new series for Pokémon fans full of adventure, friendship, and summer fun. You’ll want to collect them all!


Team Sky Pony’s Favorite Pokémon:

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Julie’s favorite Pokémon is Jolteon because “it looks a bit like a lion (which is one of my favorite real-life animals!). And it’s an electric-type Pokémon, and I think that’s pretty cool.”

 

 

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Adrienne’s favorite Pokemon is Seadra because “Seadra looks like it could take on just about anything (and is still adorable and hilarious).”

 

 

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Alison’s favorite Pokémon is Cubchoo because “he’s resourceful when he has a cold and can be evasive in a hailstorm. We all need those skills during a brutal winter.”

 

 

 

 

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Rachel’s favorite Pokémon is Rapidash because “I wish I had some kind of deep, symbolic reason for this—but seriously, she is just the prettiest pony, and I really, really like pretty ponies. For obvious reasons, Ponyta was a close second in my heart.”

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0997bulbasaur_by_elfaceitosoKylie’s favorite Pokémon is Bulbasaur because “he is a polite, caring, and loyal Pokémon and I admire those qualities in both people and Pokémon.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Cheryl’s favorite Pokémon is Vulpix because “I always wanted a pet fox, and she seems like the sweetest and cuddliest of the original Pokémon!”

 

 

 

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Joshua’s favorite Pokémon is Luxray because “I love electric types and he is black and stylish just like me. I always love big cats, the fiercer the better. Luxray’s yellow and red eye are also really cool along with having x-ray vision.”

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Q & A With Minecraft Author, Mark Cheverton

 To celebrate the release of the first book in a new Minecraft series Mark Cheverton answered our Sky Pony Q & A! Learn what Mark Cheverton’s favorite emoji is, below!

 

Don’t forget to check out the first book in the Herobrine’s Revenge series, The Phantom Virus on shelves today! 

 

The Phantom Virus by Mark Cheverton

9781510706835-frontcoverHerobrine has crafted an evil game for Gameknight999 to play.

Herobrine, the artificially intelligent virus, was deleted. The computer it resided in was completely destroyed. Without their leader, the few survivors of its evil army were cast away into the shadows. It looked as if there would finally be peace and happiness throughout the servers of Minecraft.

But suddenly, and mysteriously, software began misbehaving. Sheep fell from the sky. Snowballs appeared out of nowhere. What seemed at first like harmless glitches quickly became dangerous. Pigs begin walking backwards, it starts to snow in the middle of the desert, and sheep are falling from the sky.

Gameknight999, the User-that-is-not-a-user, has no choice but to investigate. But the odd yet harmless pranks are turning deadly, and it’s not long before entire villages are completely destroyed. Examining the arrogant clues, Gameknight is no longer so sure that Herobrine was destroyed after all. Is it possible he escaped? Everything points towards a deadly trap far worse than anything that


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

I actually ended up in the middle grade genre purely by accident. I started writing my Minecraft series of books because my son, who was 7 at the time, was cyberbullied while playing the game. So I wrote my first Minecraft novel, Invasion of the Overworld, strictly as a teaching tool, to try to explain to him why it wasn’t his fault that he was bullied. So I wrote to his age level at the time. I actually had no plan on publishing the book, but self-published it just for fun . . . the rest is history.

Q: What are you reading right now?

I am re-reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons. This series is, in my opinion, a science fiction masterpiece.

Q: If you could be a character in any children’s book, who would you be and why?

I think I’d want to be Hazel from Watership Down. Hazel is incredible clever and brave and a great leader, and always willing to help someone in need. Those seem like incredible traits to strive for.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to write?

I go to a local coffee shop to write. They have a coffee shop on one side and a pizza place on the other. I sit on the pizza side in the morning, in the dark with my headphones on, and write. They keep bringing me coffee which keeps me happy, and at lunch time, I’ll grab something to eat and then write a few more hours. Below is a screenshot from a video I made while at the coffee shop. You can find the video here.

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Q: What’s your favorite classic movie?

I think my favorite classic movie is North by NorthWest. It really shows how Hitchcock can control the pacing and suspense of the movie to keep the viewer engaged and hooked into the movie. I’ve spent a lot of time studying this movie as well as other Hitchcock movies, to try to incorporate what he does into my writing. In a nutshell . . . it seems impossible.

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

I’m a boring cat fan. We have three cats, and they hate it when I’m sitting in our office, writing, instead of paying attention to them. One of them, Tiger, will frequently sit next to me on a spare office chair while I write. He’d prefer to be on my lap, but that makes writing difficult at times, so he gets banished to the adjacent chair.

Q: Milk, dark, or white chocolate?

Dark for sure!

Q: What’s your favorite holiday?

My favorite holiday is of course Christmas. My wife and I spoil our son too much, I’m sure, but I love getting him stuff and surprising him with a gift he didn’t expect or hadn’t thought of.

Q: What’s your favorite emoji?

I guess my favorite emoji is either the typical and boring smiley face, or the thumbs up

Q: What did you want to grow up to be when you were in middle school?

When I was in middle school, I wanted to be an astronaut and walk on the moon.


Check out more Mark Cheverton titles here!

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Sky Pony Presents: Shadow Puppets

In honor of the release of My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Sara Sanchez assistant managing editor, Sam Levitz, and editorial assistant, Kylie Brien,  decided to learn how to make some shadow puppets. Check out their attempts below!


My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Sara Sanchez

9781634501781-frontcoverInside, outside, climbing up the stairs, or jumping into bed, your shadow may be following you! He may even be one step ahead as you run down the street! Complete with a cast of the whole family, a cat, a dog, and a teddy, this story is for everyone. Little ones who are just discovering their shadows for the first time will find inspiration between these pages, while older, more experienced kids are sure to learn new ways to play with their shadows. Get ready to laugh and giggle and then find the nearest light source and try out some shadows of your own!

Sara Sanchez has created soft and inviting illustrations to creatively interpret Robert Louis Stevenson’s original lines from the poem “My Shadow,” which was originally published in his classic for children, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Sanchez’s pictures are filled with humor and help propel this timeless poem into the twenty-first century. My Shadow is sure to become a bedtime favorite for the whole family.

For children ages 3 to 6, this is a wonderful read aloud as well as a quiet bedtime story. Parents and teacher will love exposing children to one of the classic authors in children’s literature through this simple and often humorous poem. The first time this poem has been illustrated since the 1990s.

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Kirsten Lopresti on Setting as Inspiration

Bright Coin Moon by Kirsten Lopresti was published in November 2014 by Sky Pony Press. Today Kirsten writes about how the setting inspired her young adult novel. Check out her post below and find out more about Bright Coin Moon here!


 

Setting as Inspiration

My favorite books have always had a strong sense of place. What would To the Lighthouse be without the lighthouse? Or Walden without Walden Pond?

When I wrote my own novel, Bright Coin Moon, the setting came to me first. In the very beginning, before I had any idea who or what the novel would be about, I understood it would be a Los Angeles novel. My husband and I were in graduate school at the time and living in Los Angeles, and I was working temp jobs on the side. It seemed like everyone I met through the temp company wanted to be an actress. The stories these girls told fascinated me, but I did not think my characters would be aspiring actresses. Instead, they would be part of the crowd that revolves around movie stars and feeds off of them. (In LA this group includes the lawyers to the stars, the beauticians to the stars, the pet sitters to the stars, and almost anything else you can think of.) My characters, I decided, would be psychics to the stars.

The individual characters of Lindsey and her mother came to me next. I understood right away that they would be new to Los Angeles, a couple of outsiders trying to figure it all out. For Lindsey, this is important because it means figuring out how to live, not just in California, but in the world in general. The big question for her becomes how she will forge her own life apart from the expectations of her mother.

After I realized this, the book began to take shape. I put Lindsey and her mother in the car, on the road to Los Angeles with the police on their trail, and the rest of the novel gradually fell into place. But it began with location. The setting was the start.

 

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Bright Coin Moon by Kirsten Lopresti

9781629147512-frontcoverSeventeen-year-old Lindsey Allen is an A-student who has her heart set on becoming an astronomer. But first she must break away from her mother, an eccentric failed beauty queen who has set up a phony psychic reading shop in their Oregon garage.

Lindsey is biding time until she graduates high school, reading tarot cards for the neighbors in her mother’s shop and recording the phases of the moon in her Moon Sign notebook. Her life changes when her mother, Debbie, decides they should move to California to become Hollywood psychics to the stars. As they pull out of the driveway, Lindsey looks up at the silver morning moon. It’s a bright coin moon, which means only one thing: what we leave behind today will rise up tomorrow.

When mother and daughter arrive in Los Angeles with new identities, they move into a leaky, run-down building and spend their nights stalking restaurants and movie premieres to catch that one celebrity they hope will be their ticket. When it seems they will never make it in LA, Lindsey is assigned a new mentor through her school. Joan is a lonely, wealthy widow who can’t get past the death of her husband, Saul. Debbie is convinced they’ve hit the jackpot, and plans for a future séance commence.

As Lindsey grows closer to Joan, guilt over the scam consumes her, and she must make the ultimate decision. But can she really betray her mother?

Kirsten Lopresti holds a BA from Virginia Tech and an MFA from George Mason University. She has published short stories in several literary magazines, including Laurel Review, New Delta Review, So to Speak, Italian Americana, and Licking River Review.

 

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Adrienne’s Desk

Have you ever wondered what an editor’s desk looks like? No two are alike, that’s for sure. We all have unique interests and styles that are reflected in our desk decorations. Below you can take a look at what editor Adrienne Szpyrka’s desk looks like!


 

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This is my lovely desk space where I spend my days editing, answering emails, and doing all the other things it takes to make books! It includes…

  • Lots of gorgeous Sky Pony books easily on hand
  • A color-coordinated index card system to keep me organized
  • A pretty painted metal box for my stash of tea and chocolate (ideal for keeping the mice away)
  • A massive scarf/blanket for when the office is chilly
  • And a beautiful little banker’s lamp that I love

 

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Behind me, I’ve got a wall full of papers I can reference while I work. This wall also features my own little Michigan mitten crossing the Mackinac Bridge and hiking in the Upper Peninsula.

 

 

 

 

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I’m not one to keep photos at work, but a knitted cactus from my best friend keeps my phone and stapler company, and I have an “I love you” typewriter from my husband tucked beneath a bookshelf.

 

 

 

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One of the perks of kids book publishing is that it’s almost impossible to have a work space that isn’t cheery. And I love mine!

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Fly Fishing with Tyler Befus

Tyler Befus is the author of The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing. He has won awards and traveled all over the world to fish in different places. Tyler put together a how-to video on tying up a Fishtail Clouser. Check it out below!


 


 

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing by Tyler Befus

9781634503389-frontcoverKids can fly fish, too!  In this guide, Tyler shows that any kid can learn to fly fish. Discover fascinating information about where fish live and what fish eat, and learn tips about what equipment you’ll need, casting techniques, and much, much more to get you started on your own fly-fishing adventure. Fly fishing is an awesome way to spend time outdoors with your family, and with this book, any kid can become an expert!

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing is filled with a personal collection of photos and drawings done by Tyler himself. Because it has been written by an actual kid, this fully revised and updated book is a one-of-a-kind guide that kids can understand and easily learn from. Filled with all kinds of great tips and tricks, this is a valuable resource for any kid who wants to know more about fishing. After all, fly fishing isn’t just for the adults!


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Sky Pony Books for March!

Here’s a list of the Sky Pony titles you can look forward to this month!


 

March 1, 2016:

Hypnosis Harry by Catherine Bailey, illustrated by Sarita Rich

9781634501712-frontcoverNo pajamas at the park. No toys in the toaster. Harry’s parents say no to everything! That is, until Harry learns about hypnosis.

With a little practice, and Grandpa’s watch, Harry puts his parents in a trance and envisions a future full of fun and yes’s!

Comic books by the crate, night-vision goggles for his teddy bear, a pet monkey (or two)—no request is too big or too bizarre. Harry loves his new freedom and, not to mention, all that bacon. So what if his robot goes rogue and playmates are hard to find? But when his ninja moves result in a playground pile-up, Harry starts to wonder if he really wants his every wish granted.

Hypnosis Harry is a wildly funny, sweetly silly look at the real meaning of the word no. Children will delight as little Harry answers the delicious question: What would you do if you could do anything? This charming romp is perfectly captured in the lively, layered illustrations of Sarita Rich. Each read reveals clever new details, making this the perfect reread for parent and child.

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae

9781634506441-frontcoverAlien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

Hacks for Minecrafters: Mods by Megan Miller

9781510705937-frontcoverMinecraft was designed to allow other people to modify it. And while there are several successful game guides on the market already, this book is the first unofficial “hacker’s” super-guide dedicated to adding mods (modifications) to your Minecraft game.

Mods add content to the game to alter gameplay, changing the creative feel of the game or giving the players more options for how they interact within the Minecraft world. Mods can make your game run faster, they can add new mobs, mechanics, and quests, and even entirely new dimensions to play in. Change the rules of your world with each mod you add—anything is fair game! This book explores today’s range of modded Minecraft play, from the must-haves to the fanciful—from utilities like Inventory Tweaks and JourneyMap, to full-fledged gameplay extensions and modpacks, like Thaumcraft, Twilight Forest, and Agrarian Skies.

Written for seven- to twelve-year-old Minecrafters this is the ultimate guide on Minecraft mods—keep your game new and exciting with all these expert tips and tricks.

The Unofficial Holy Bible for Minecrafters: Old Testament by Garett Romines and Christopher Miko

9781510702257-frontcoverMinecraft has swept the world by storm. More than one hundred million games have been sold. Parents of children who play Minecraft will love this fun, educational collection of Bible stories. With the world of Minecraft as a backdrop using vivid, full-color screenshots, children will experience the Bible as never before.

Authors Garrett Romines and Christopher Miko are teachers who have used Minecraft to create imaginative worlds in their classrooms. Now, they have created Bible stories with virtual blocks to produce vibrant, 3-D worlds filled with adventure and astonishing imagination.

 

 

March 8, 2016:

The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

9781510701717-frontcoverSeventeen-year-old Riven comes from a world parallel to Earth, a world that has been ravaged by a devastating android war. As a Legion General, she is the right hand of Prince Cale, the young Prince of Neospes. In her world, she’s had everything: rank, responsibility, and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to rescue his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Armed with the mindset of a soldier and racing against time to bring Caden home, Riven must learn how to blend in as a girl in a realm that is the opposite of all she’s ever known. Will she be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be?

 

Welcome to Camp Pikachu by Alex Polan

Welcome to Camp Pikachu_coverWelcome to Camp Pikachu, where kids can act out adventures from their favorite Pokémon games and cartoons, battling other teams to earn points ans badges and, if they’re lucky, make it into the Summer Camp Hall of Fame! During their first week at Camp Pikachu, Marco and his friends on Team Treecko find the perfect secret base: a tree house straight out of Fortree City. They proudly post their team flag out front. But during a game of capture the flag, someone vandalizes their base. Who did it?

Marco thinks he knows: Team Fennekin, led by Stella and her brother, Sam. Sam is always up to no good. And his big sister is as mean as Meowth, the cat that prowls the camp. During the next round of capture the flag, Team Treecko bands together and tries every Pokémon trick they know. Logan makes mud balls and Pitfall Mats. Nisha creates a catapult inspired by Clemont. And Maddy? Well, she’d help, too, if she weren’t so busy making Poké Puffs.

Just as Pokémon can Mega Evolve with Mega Stones, can a bully change his ways? Team Treecko is about to find out!

Zombie Invasion by Winter Morgan

9781510705944-frontcoverOne fateful day, Lucy is invited to study at the prestigious Overworld Academy. The Academy offers her the opportunity to learn all of the secrets of the Overworld—and it’s an opportunity she can’t miss. She’s sad to leave behind her friends Henry and Max, but it’s time for her to have an adventure on her own. At Overworld Academy, she meets two new friends, Jane and Phoebe. Jane is an expert fighter, and Phoebe is a talented alchemist. With Lucy’s own knack for treasure hunting, the trio makes an incredible team. And when the school is attacked by zombies, the three girls are going to have their skills put to the test.

Together they prove that they can take on almost anything, but when Lucy overhears the school headmaster conspiring to take over the Overworld, Jane and Phoebe don’t believe her. As a newbie at the academy, Lucy hasn’t gained their trust yet. Her new friends turn against her and she gets kicked out of school. When she goes back home to get help from Henry and Max, she’s shocked at what she finds waiting for her in town. Will Lucy and her friends be able to work together to fight the evil rising in their world?

This is the first book in a new three-book series spin-off of the original Unofficial Gamer’s Adventure series with its bestselling book, Quest for the Diamond Sword. Fans of Minecraft won’t want to miss this new adventure.

The Phantom Virus by Mark Cheverton

9781510706835-frontcoverHerobrine, the artificially intelligent virus, was deleted. The computer it resided in was completely destroyed. Without their leader, the few survivors of its evil army were cast away into the shadows. It looked as if there would finally be peace and happiness throughout the servers of Minecraft.

But suddenly, and mysteriously, software began misbehaving. Sheep fell from the sky. Snowballs appeared out of nowhere. What seemed at first like harmless glitches quickly became dangerous. Pigs begin walking backwards, it starts to snow in the middle of the desert, and sheep are falling from the sky.

Gameknight999, the User-that-is-not-a-user, has no choice but to investigate. But the odd yet harmless pranks are turning deadly, and it’s not long before entire villages are completely destroyed. Examining the arrogant clues, Gameknight is no longer so sure that Herobrine was destroyed after all. Is it possible he escaped? Everything points towards a deadly trap far worse than anything that Minecraft has seen before. Will Gameknight solve the puzzle before the Overworld is destroyed?

 

March 15, 2016:

My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson, illustrated by Sara Sanchez

9781634501781-frontcoverInside, outside, climbing up the stairs, or jumping into bed, your shadow may be following you! He may even be one step ahead as you run down the street! Complete with a cast of the whole family, a cat, a dog, and a teddy, this story is for everyone. Little ones who are just discovering their shadows for the first time will find inspiration between these pages, while older, more experienced kids are sure to learn new ways to play with their shadows. Get ready to laugh and giggle and then find the nearest light source and try out some shadows of your own!

Sara Sanchez has created soft and inviting illustrations to creatively interpret Robert Louis Stevenson’s original lines from the poem “My Shadow,” which was originally published in his classic for children, A Child’s Garden of Verses. Sanchez’s pictures are filled with humor and help propel this timeless poem into the twenty-first century. My Shadow is sure to become a bedtime favorite for the whole family.

Hattie Peck by Emma Levy

9781634501705-frontcoverPoor Hattie Peck simply loves eggs, but she has only ever laid one egg—and it never hatched. Eggs are all she thinks about, all she dreams about. No egg is too big; no egg is too small. So if she can’t lay another egg, she’s going to have to go out into the world to find one.

Hattie embarks on a journey in search of all the abandoned eggs. She dives to the deepest depths of vast oceans. She soars over gigantic cities and climbs up mountains towering above the clouds. Through gloomy dark caves, deep below the ground, Hattie searches. And she doesn’t find just one egg. There are so many abandoned eggs, just waiting for her to find them!

With her newly gathered eggs in tow, Hattie Peck returns home. Sitting on so many eggs at once is quite the task, but Hattie doesn’t mind. Days and weeks pass, until one day, finally, there’s a Crack! Scratch! Tap! But what will happen when all those eggs hatch together?

Divah by Susannah Appelbaum

Divah 9781634506748Seventeen-year-old Itzy Nash is spending the summer at the exclusive Carlyle hotel in New York City. But the hotel harbors more than the rich and privileged; it is host to a gorgeous fallen angel, reclusive movie stars, and—Itzy soon learns—demons of the worst sort. When the Queen of the Damned checks in, all Hell breaks loose. Itzy is called upon to save herself—and all of humanity—from the ravages of the Underworld. There’s only one problem: Itzy’s possessed.

Part gothic thriller, part historical fiction, the novel straddles the Upper East Side and the lush trappings of the Carlyle hotel, and Paris during the Reign of Terror in 1789. Marie Antoinette is the Queen of the Damned. Marilyn Monroe is an expert demon hunter. To kill a demon, Hermès scarves, Evian water, and a guillotine are the weapons of choice.

For anyone who loved Daughter of Smoke and Bone, this has an epic battle between angels and demons with a doomed love story at its core. But it’s also darkly funny, for fans of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, and more than anything it’s something original—dark, funny, clever, and glamorous.

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Fly Fishing by Tyler Befus

9781634503389-frontcoverKids can fly fish, too! Fifteen-year-old Tyler Befus loves to fly fish. He has won awards and traveled all over the world to fish in different places. In this guide, Tyler shows that any kid can learn to fly fish. Discover fascinating information about where fish live and what fish eat, and learn tips about what equipment you’ll need, casting techniques, and much, much more to get you started on your own fly-fishing adventure. Fly fishing is an awesome way to spend time outdoors with your family, and with this book, any kid can become an expert!

The ORVIS Kids’ Guide to Beginning Fly Fishing is filled with a personal collection of photos and drawings done by Tyler himself. Because it has been written by an actual kid, this fully revised and updated book is a one-of-a-kind guide that kids can understand and easily learn from. Filled with all kinds of great tips and tricks, this is a valuable resource for any kid who wants to know more about fishing. After all, fly fishing isn’t just for the adults!

For fishing enthusiasts ages 8 and up, this is the perfect first stop shop for learning all you can about fly fishing. The pefect gift for those who love to fish and want to teach younger kids the skills behind fly fishing or for that kid who just loves reading about the outdoors.

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Ged Adamson

It’s no secret around this blog how much we love our mascot, Winston Sparkles. Winston pranced into existence from the imagination of author/illustrator, Ged Adamson and straight into our hearts.

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However, Winston Sparkles isn’t the only illustration Ged Adamson has to share with the world. You can check out his website to see what else Ged has running around his imagination. 

You can also check out two books that Ged wrote and illustrated for Sky Pony below.


Elsie Clarke and the Vampire Hairdresser

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Elsie hates getting her haircut. There’s absolutely nothing more terrifying for her. “They squirt you and they pull and they snip!” she cries in her most horribly loud voice. “I’m never going again. EVER!”

But after some coercion from her parents, Elsie reluctantly tries a new hairdresser named Boris Lazzario. Almost immediately, Boris is eager to cut her hair, but then learns of her fear. Reassuringly, Boris explains that his father, Count Lazzario, also dreads haircuts and is unhappy by Boris’s profession Boris. When confronted with the mean Count Lazzario, Elsie learns that she must be brave, in the end, both she and the count learn that haircuts are not so scary after all.

Meet the McKaws

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Captain Stan and Tiny McKaw are rough-and-tumble pirates. Whether it’s searching for treasure or battling on the high seas, this adventurous duo is up for anything. But then Tiny’s parents come to visit. Suddenly, the big pirate ship starts to feel very small. Mrs. McKaw is always nagging—even in her sleep! Mr. McKaw insists on telling endless stories. And they both make the cook cry when they insult his food! After they stick Tiny in a very un-pirate-like suit and tie, Captain Stan has had enough. “Get off my ship!” he orders. Only moments later, though, a massive storm envelops the boat. Will the McKaws forgive Stan’s outburst and help to save the ship and crew?

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Author Ava Jae Talks Beyond the Red

Beyond the Red by Ava Jae hits shelves in a few days on March 1st. Soon you’ll be able to own your very own copy of this YA Sci-Fi novel. To keep you busy until then, author, Ava Jae has put together a vlog for you about writing and her process seeing Beyond the Red to publication. Don’t forget to tune in on March 1st at 7 p.m. for Ava Jae’s virtual launch party using #BTRlaunch on twitter.


 

9781634506441-frontcoverAlien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.

Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.

When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.

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Ava Jae is an author, blogger, YouTuber, college student, and assistant editor at Entangled Publishing. After graduating from the University of Michigan with a BA in English in April 2016, Ava will probably find a bookstore to live in, where she can write her next novel surrounded by the smell of new books and coffee. She can be found on Twitter at @Ava_Jae or at her website avajae.blogspot.com.

 

 


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