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March 2016

Greetings from Candlewick Press!

It’s March, and we’ve got you covered for National Women’s History Month! Get to know some of our excellent titles with world-changing female heroines, including Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic by this month’s spotlighted author, Mara Rockliff, with exquisite illustrations by Iacopo Bruno. And take a peek at what titles are coming out this month!
 
As always, don’t forget to check out our *sur-prize* at the bottom!
 
Best wishes,
 
The Candlewick Library Marketing Team
 

News!
Megan McDonald is the
2016 National School Library Month spokesperson!

We’re happy to announce that Megan McDonald, author of the popular Judy Moody series, the Stink books, and the Sisters Club trilogy, has been named the 2016 School Library Month spokesperson.
This is an annual appointment given by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) that is celebrated during School Library Month in April. It provides Megan the opportunity to promote a cause close to her heart: the essential role that strong school library programs play in transforming learning.
To celebrate Megan’s appointment, we’re giving away boxed sets of the first eight Judy Moody titles to libraries through our newsletter subscribers (while supplies last). To participate, reply with your mailing address for the set and the e-mail addresses of three colleagues whom we can add to our Candlewick CIRC e-newsletter subscribers list (and please cc them so they will know you are the one sharing this with them). We’ll send the set to you, and you can deliver it to your library!
Coming to PLA and TLA? Visit our booths!
At PLA in Denver, come to booth #1762!
We’ll be giving out goodies for these exciting upcoming picture books coming out in the fall:
 
Return by Aaron Becker: The conclusion of the magical saga
Du Iz Tak? by Carson Ellis: An exquisitely illustrated picture book in a secret language
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen: The perfect ending to the award-winning hat trilogy

              

Also, don’t miss these fall galleys grabs:
Cloud and Wallfish by Anne Nesbet: Slip behind the Iron Curtain into a world of smoke, secrets, and lies in this stunning novel where someone is always listening and nothing is as it seems.
Juana & Lucas by Juana Medina: A spunky Colombian girl stars in this playful and abundantly illustrated new middle-grade series.
Phantom Limbs by Paula Garner: This deeply affecting story is about first love, loss, and the ways in which we grieve.

Come meet our stars at our booth signings:
Thursday, April 7th
9:30–10:00 AM: Lora Koehler signing The Little Snowplow
10:15–10:45 AM: Judith Robbins Rose signing Look Both Ways in the Barrio Blanco 
     
Friday, April 8th
10:00–10:30 AM: e.E. Charlton Trujillo signing When We Was Fierce 
3:30–4:00 PM: Avi signing The Most Important Thing: Stories About Sons, Fathers, and Grandfathers
    
At TLA in Houston, come to booth #1344!
Don’t miss these events with Candlewick authors and illustrators! 
 
Kelly Bennett
Wednesday, 4/20   
2:00–3:00 PM    Signing in Authors Area (Not Norman: A Goldfish Story)

Steve Watkins
Wednesday, 4/20   
2:00–3:50 PM    Speaking on panel “Trends in Mental Illness in YA Literature”
4:00–5:00 PM    Signing in Authors Area (Great Falls)
 
Lindsay Eagar
Wednesday, 4/20  
4:00–5:20 PM    Speaking on panel “Debutante Ball: Children’s Literature Debut                                        Authors 2016”
Thursday, 4/21    
9:00–10:00 AM    Signing in Authors Area (Hour of the Bees)
 
Cynthia Leitich Smith
Wednesday, 4/20    
4:00–5:20 PM    Speaking on panel “#WeNeedDiverseBooks in Texas!”
Thursday, 4/21   
12:00–1:00 PM    Signing in Authors Area (Feral Pride)
 
LeUyen Pham
Wednesday, 4/20
5:00–6:00 PM    Participating in Illustrator Sketch-Off
Thursday, 4/21    
3:00–4:00 PM    Signing in Authors Area (The Princess in Black and the Hungry Bunny Horde)
Friday, 4/22   
10:00–11:20 AM    Speaking on panel “Illustrating the Imagination: KidLit Illustrators”
 
Don Calame
Wednesday, 4/20    
4:00–5:20 PM    Participating in Texas Tea: Meet and Greet with YA Authors
Thursday, 4/21  
2:00–3:50 PM    Speaking on panel “LOL! Humor in YA Literature”
Friday, 4/22    
9:30–10:30 AM    Signing in Authors Area (Dan Versus Nature)
Award News!
Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement is a Flora Stieglitz Straus Award winner!

 
Author Spotlight
~A Conversation with Mara Rockliff~
Do you love magic and strong female historical figures? If so, do we have a book for you! This month, we shine the spotlight on Ezra Jack Keats Award and Charlotte Zolotow Award honoree Mara Rockliff, who talked to us about the creative process of her newest picture book, Anything But Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Herrmann, Queen of Magic, illustrated by Iacopo Bruno, coming out next month.
 
  

This is the second picture book biography by this talented duo, following Mesmerized: How Ben Franklin Solved a Mystery that Baffled All of France, which has been selected for this year’s Bank Street College of Education Cook Prize!
1. What inspired you to write about Adelaide Herrmann?
 
Timing is everything in magic, and I stumbled on this topic just at the right time. I was looking for a book about a woman stage magician for my nine-year-old daughter, and I couldn’t find even one. This seemed a little strange, so I Googled “historical woman magician” or something to that effect. By a stroke of great good luck, Addie’s memoir had just been discovered after eighty years and privately printed by magician Margaret Steele. Of course I ordered a copy right away and started reading it as soon as it arrived. By the time I reached the part where Addie runs away to join a trick bicycling troupe, I knew this was a story kids would love.
 
2. Why did you decide to write her story in a picture book format?
 
Oh, it had to be a picture book! You know, it’s so easy to get the sense that the past was gray, like an old photograph. One of the greatest things a picture book can do is help kids realize that people in the “old days” lived their lives in color, just like us. Addie’s life was very colorful, and Iacopo Bruno’s spectacular illustrations bring out all that razzle-dazzle in a way that’s faithful to the time and place.
 
3. As you did in Mesmerized, you’ve chosen to tell a previously untold story. What do you want young readers to take away from reading about these unsung heroes and stories in the shadows?
 
In Mesmerized, the scientific method stole the show, but Addie is entirely the hero of her story. Adelaide Herrmann was strong-willed, adventurous, capable, fun-loving, full of personality, and celebrated — and she was not alone. I’d like my readers, girls and boys, to know that there have always been amazing women, and they haven’t always been unsung. As a girl growing up in the 1970s, I heard a lot about female “firsts.” The message was that women could accomplish things, but in the past, we hadn’t had a chance. There is truth to that, of course, but what’s surprised me has been finding out how many “unknown” women were actually quite famous in their time. How did they get left out of the history books? That’s the real question.
 
4. What’s coming up next for you?
 
Around America to Win the Vote is coming out this August! It’s the true story of two daring suffragists and one adorable black kitten, who together drove ten thousand miles around the United States. This was one of my favorite research projects ever, because I got to explore uncharted territory. I dug through hundreds of old clippings to discover their adventures (dodging bullets, driving through a blizzard, joining a circus parade!) and stuck pushpins in my map to puzzle out their route. I was even lucky enough to find a pair of antique car enthusiasts who let me try out a hundred-year-old Baby Saxon, just like the one Alice and Nell circled the country with in 1916. Happily, I didn’t have to drive it through a blizzard!
 
       
                          *Picture of author parking the Saxon*                                  *Coming this Fall!*                                     
Second picture book biography from the dynamic award-winning duo of Mara Rockliff and Iacopo Bruno!
Some girls are perfectly happy never doing anything out of the ordinary. But Addie was anything but ordinary. She longed for thrills and excitement! At a time when a young lady appearing onstage was considered most unusual, Addie defied convention and became a dancer. And when she married the world-famous magician Herrmann the Great, she knew she had to be part of his show. Addie wanted to shock and dazzle! She would do anything to draw the crowds, even agree to be shot out of a cannon. And when Herrmann the Great died, Addie couldn’t disappoint her loyal fans — the show had to go on. What could she do? She would perform the show all by herself!


by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Iacopo Bruno
HC: 978-0-7636-6841-9
Nonfiction picture book
This rollicking romp tells the true story of one fearless magician’s rise to glory, featuring exquisitely lavish illustrations by Iacopo Bruno. Extensive back matter, including instructions for performing one of Addie’s original tricks, makes this a dazzling celebration of one of the first female conjurers in show business.
 Three starred reviews! 

 “This charming and visually dramatic read gives children a front-row seat for the story of an ahead-of-her-time entertainer.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 “Adelaide’s independent spirit is inspiring, whether she’s creating scandal by proposing to a man or donning risqué costumes.” Booklist (starred review)

 “Picture book biographies about groundbreaking women are always welcome, and this one is sure to please readers, young and old.”
School Library Journal (starred review)
*First Look*
Take a peek at some of our exciting new titles!
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph

Alongside playful verse by award-winning music writer Roxane Orgill, debut illustrator Francis Vallejo shows his chops in this larger-than-life depiction of the making of an iconic photograph in American jazz.
 
When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer Art Kane pitched a crazy idea: How about gathering a group of beloved jazz musicians and photographing them? He didn’t own a good camera, didn’t know if any musicians would show up, and insisted on setting up the shoot in front of a Harlem brownstone. Could he pull it off?
by Roxane Orgill
illustrated by Francis Vallejo
HC: 978-0-7636-6954-6
Nonfiction picture book
In a captivating collection of poems, Roxane Orgill steps into the frame of Harlem 1958, bringing to life the musicians’ mischief and quirks, their memorable style, and the vivacious atmosphere of a Harlem block full of kids on a hot summer’s day. Francis Vallejo’s vibrant, detailed, and wonderfully expressive paintings do loving justice to the larger-than-life quality of jazz musicians of the era. Includes bios of several of the fifty-seven musicians, an author’s note, sources, a bibliography, and a foldout of Art Kane’s famous photograph.
 
 Five starred reviews! 

 “Kane’s photograph, Harlem 1958, is here immortalized in Orgill’s poetry, which swings and sways, and Vallejo’s vibrant artwork.” — Booklist (starred review)

 “Teachers, librarians, jazz-loving families: take note.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

 “The words take you back to the photo — reproduced here as a gatefold spread, and placed in the perfect dramatic spot — and the excellent list of sources leads you back to the music.” — The Horn Book (starred review)

 “A rich, unique, playful, and masterfully orchestrated work; Kane himself would undoubtedly be proud.” — School Library Journal (starred review)

 “When readers eventually open a foldout page to see the photograph, the moment is magic — alive with the presence and skill of the musicians, as well as the promise and potential of the children around them.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Hour of the Bees
Magic blends with reality in this exquisite debut novel by a promising new talent, illuminating the difference between being alive and truly living.
 
While her friends are spending their summers having pool parties and sleepovers, twelve-year-old Carolina — Carol — is spending hers in the middle of the New Mexican desert, helping her parents move the grandfather she’s never met into a home for people with dementia. At first, Carol avoids prickly Grandpa Serge. But as the summer wears on and the heat bears down, Carol finds herself drawn to him, fascinated by the crazy stories he tells her about a healing tree, a green-glass lake, and the bees that will bring back the rain and end a hundred years of drought. As the thin line between magic and reality starts to blur, Carol must decide for herself what is possible — and what it means to be true to her roots.

by Lindsay Eagar
HC: 978-0-7636-7922-4
Middle-grade fiction

Also available as an e-book and in audio
 
Readers who dream that there’s something more out there will be enchanted by this captivating novel of family, renewal, and discovering the wonder of the world.
 Three starred reviews! 

 “Tightly plotted and elegantly characterized, this is a striking debut.” — Booklist (starred review)

 “Eagar sustains a sense of wonder and longing for small things (bees, seeds, stories) to respond to big human needs.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 "Offering a compelling introduction to Latin American magic realism, this will have appeal for middle-school lovers of literary fiction.” 
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)
Among a Thousand Fireflies
A lyrical love story and stunning photos in this third installment of the award-winning series of haiku, which also includes Step Gently Out and Sweep Up the Sun.
 
On a summer evening, just as the stars blink on, a firefly lands on a flower. Lights start to flash all around her — first one, then three, then seven. Hundreds. Thousands. How will she find just one flash among them? And will he see her flash in return? In evocative photographs and lyrical language, Rick Lieder and Helen Frost, creators of the critically acclaimed Step Gently Out and Sweep Up the Sun, offer a story of how two fireflies come together after finding each other’s light among thousands of others.

by Helen Frost and Rick Lieder
HC: 978-0-7636-7642-1
Picture book
 Two starred reviews! 

  “This enthralling look at fireflies will be enjoyed by all who read it.”
School Library Journal (starred review)

 “Another thrilling collaboration, showing children of all ages that even Earth’s littlest creatures long for connection.” — Kirkus Review (starred review)
Great Falls
Inspired by the author’s work with war vets, here’s a beautiful and wrenching story about the invisible effects of war.
 
Shane has always worshipped his big brother, Jeremy. But three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll, and the happy-go-lucky brother Shane knew has been replaced by a surly drunk who carries his loaded 9mm with him everywhere and lives in the basement because he can’t face life with his wife and two small children. When Jeremy shows up after Shane’s football game and offers to take him to the family cabin overnight, Shane goes along. But as the camping trip turns into a days-long canoe trip down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Shane realizes he’s in way over his head — and has no idea how to persuade Jeremy to return home and get the help he needs before it’s too late. In a novel at once gripping and heartbreaking, Steve Watkins offers a stark exploration of the unseen injuries left by war.


by Steve Watkins
HC: 978-0-7636-7155-6
Young adult fiction
Also available as an e-book

 
  “A gripping, moving, disturbing tale of homecoming.”
Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
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In Your Library
In celebration of National Women’s History Month, consider these for your library display and programming!
Tyranny of Petticoats: 15 Stories of Belles, Bank Robbers & Other Badass Girls
byJessica Spotswood
HC: 978-0-7636-7848-7
Anthology Fiction

From an impressive sisterhood of YA writers comes an edge-of-your-seat anthology of historical fiction and fantasy featuring a diverse array of daring heroines. Contributor list includes New York Times best-selling authors Elizabeth Wein, Marissa Meyer, and Marie Lu, as well as Candlewick luminaries Kekla Magoon and Leslye Walton.
 

Messenger: The Legend of Joan of Arc
by Tony Lee
illustrated by Sam Hart
HC: 978-0-7636-7613-1
PB: 978-0-7636-7614-8
Graphic Novel


Written by New York Times number-one best-selling graphic novelist Tony Lee and beautifully and dramatically brought to life in full color by illustrator Sam Hart.
 
A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
by Kathryn Lasky
illustrated by Paul Lee
HC: 978-0-7636-6427-5
PB: 978-0-7636-6091-8
Nonfiction picture book
 
Part of the Candlewick Biographies series, this is the moving story of the first African-American woman poet, Phillis Wheatley, compellingly told by award-winning author Kathryn Lasky and brought to life with powerful illustrations by Paul Lee.

 
Different Like Coco
by Elizabeth Matthews
HC: 978-0-7636-2548-1
Nonfiction picture book

The rags-to-riches story of Coco Chanel plays out in a wonderful picture book biography as full of style and spirit as its heroine.
 
 
Sur-Prize!
Meet one of our newest heroes, Julius Zebra! He’s already a smash hit in the U.K., and now he’s crossing the ocean to our neck of the woods. This uproariously funny illustrated title is full of entertaining Roman facts and games from celebrated U.K. cartoonist Gary Northfield, and it’s perfect for boys and girls ages seven to ten, especially reluctant readers. Just respond to this e-newsletter and you might win a galley!
Julius Zebra was captured from a smelly water hole on the African savanna, along with Milus the scarred lion and Cornelius the clueless warthog. Transported to the ferocious clamor of the Colosseum, Julius Zebra and his motley menagerie of friends must gear up to be . . . gladiators! The only way they will gain their freedom is if they win the love of the Roman crowds. But do they have what it takes to succeed in a world where only the meanest and toughest survive? Follow the madcap adventures of Julius Zebra and his pals in short chapters with funny, irreverent text and zany cartoon-style illustrations, with an illustrated guide to Roman numerals and a handy glossary at the end.


by Gary Northfield
HC: 978-0-7636-7853-1
Illustrated middle-grade fiction
Also available as an e-book and in audio

 
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