Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sliding Into Summer

The school year is winding down and summer is around 
the corner. Before the last bell rings, The Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels want to thank you for another great school year. 
Thanks for inviting us into your classrooms and your continued support of our books. We look forward to the next school year! Have a fantastic summer.

We have a busy summer planned, including signings at the
American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, June 26 - July 1. We'd love to see you there.
ALA Schedule    

Don Tate
On Saturday, June 28, Don will sign It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw at the Lee and Low Books booth (#626) from 10 a.m. to 10:40

Immediately following at 11:00, he will sign The Cart That Carried Martin at the Charlesbridge Publishing booth (#557).

P.J. Hoover
 Saturday, June 28, 10:39-11:30 - Children's & Teen Author Speed Dating Event

Saturday, June 28, 1:00-3:30 - YALSA's Best Fiction for Young Adults Teen Feedback Session
Sunday, June 29, 8:30-10:00 - YALSA's Coffee Klatch
Sunday, June 29, 1:00-2:00 - Book Signing at Cbay 
Books Booth
Sunday, June 29, 3:00-4:00 - Book Signing at Tor/Macmillan Booth

Kari Holt 
 Kari will be signing ARCs of RHYME SCHEMER in the Chronicle booth on Saturday, June 28th, and she'll be participating in the Poetry Blast at 3pm on Sunday,  
June 29th.   

News and Updates 
Jessica Lee Anderson 
Jessica Lee Anderson had an incredible visit at the Alternative Learning Center! She's been working on a variety of projects and has four educational books for young readers in the pipeline.

KA Holt 
KA Holt is super excited to announce her latest book deal! From Publisher's Weekly:

"Karen Wojtyla at Margaret K. McElderry Books has acquired K.A. Holt's Red Moon Rising, pitched as Firefly meets Little House on the Prairie. In the novel, a feisty 13-year-old becomes an unwitting pawn in the standoff between her struggling colony and the enclave of aliens who may be something quite different than they seem. The book is slated for early 2016 publication. Ammi-Joan Paquette at Erin Murphy Literary Agency did the deal for North American rights."

This book will follow the release of HOUSE ARREST, a middle grade novel in verse releasing in Fall 2015 from Chronicle Books, and RHYME SCHEMER, also a middle grade novel in verse releasing from Chronicle Book on October 14th, 2014.

P.J. Hoover 
Thank you to all those who entered P. J. Hoover 's

It was wonderful to hear from so many of you with such enthusiasm! The winners of the ARCs are Keri Rabe (Round Rock ISD), Lorrie Roussin
(North East ISD), Jo Martin (New Caney ISD), Suzanne Webb (Houston ISD), and Cheryl Michulka (Pflugerville ISD).
Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation sponsored a school visit for P. J. Hoover to visit the students of Grisham Middle School. Thank you to wonderful librarians Diane Hance for such amazing hospitality and a great event! 


P. J. still has limited availability in her May schedule for those looking for a last minute author visit. If you are considering a visit for the 2014-2015 school year, pleasecontact P. J. now. She would love to visit you school! P. J. speaks to students 3rd grade through high school

Don Tate
Recently, THE CART THAT CARRIED MARTIN, a book that Don illustrated for Eve Bunting (Charlesbridge), was named to the International Reading Association's Teacher's Choices 2014. 

In addition, HOPE'S GIFT, a book that he illustrated for Kelly Starling Lyons (Penguin), was named to The International Reading Association's Children's Choices 2014 list. Such an honor!

But that's not all. IT JES' HAPPENED, mentioned above, was a finalist for the Children's Crown Award.

Don will wind down the year this week in North Texas, where he will speak at Alice Ponder Elementary (Mansfield), Tarver Rendon (Mansfield) Elementary, and Walnut Glen Academy (Garland). 

School Visits for the Fall of 2014
As both an award-winning author and illustrator (and former book designer), Don is in the unique position to discuss all aspects of the book making process. Where do authors get their ideas? Why is revision necessary? And do illustrators also revise? These questions and many more are answered through a lively, interactive and entertaining presentation.  Contact Don personally at this link.

You can also contact him through his booking agent, Carmen Oliver, at  theBooking Biz!

Don Tate presented at Barnes & Noble, Garland, Texas, Educator Appreciation Day, April 2014.