Saturday, August 21, 2010

SCBWI - Authors that HOOK KIDS on READING.

(Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators)

Nurtures a Hotbed of Writing Talent.

Maybe it's the rain, or the snow capped forested mountains,
the trout streams, or simply something writerly in the air,
but these Oregonians write books kids love to read.

I offer you just a few of the titles that will be available this fall:

These are authors who know how to
Hook YOUR KID on Reading,

OR - Lure that reluctant reader into
turning page-after-page.

Inara Scott

"Delcroix Academy: The Candidates"

Release date: August 24, 2010
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

ISBN: 978-142311636-3
Can buy anywhere

@inarascott (Twitter)

Inara Scott (Facebook)

Must view Book Trailer


David Michael Slater

"The Book of Maps"
(Sacred Books, Volume III)

Illustrator: David Michael Slater
Publisher: Blooming Tree Press/CBAY

ISBN 978-1933767031
All fine bookstores!

Margie Boule writes of the increasingly controversial Sacred Books series:
"What would you get if you combined Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Sherlock Holmes?...If you were David Michael Slater, you'd get the 13-year-old Wax twins, Dexter and Daphna. The intrepid stars of David's "Sacred Books" adventure series. These books...are starting to make waves." The Book of Nonsense and The Book of Knowledge pleased and teased readers with a provocative blend of action and intellectual thrills. The Book of Maps (Sacred Books, Volume III) launches the twins on an even greater and more perilous journey of discovery. Oct. 16th,


Carol Riggs

"Junction 2020: The Portal"

( young adult novel )

Cover designed by Carol Riggs
ISBN/EAN13: 1453730877 / 9781453730874

Publisher: Create Space

Where to BUY:
Carol's Website

When 16-year-old Mari Stratton attends a New Year's party with her brother and her hearing-impaired friend, she joins in a game outside in the dark fields. As midnight strikes, she finds herself and four others propelled by a violent green storm into a confusing landscape of beauty, danger, and mystery. In this alternate world, ruthless black-cloaked riders on horseback hunt them down, and Mari encounters the very things she fears the most. Somehow, she must discover how they can get back to the real world.


2 Books

Judy Cox

"Carmen Learns English"

Picture Book

Illustrator: Angela Dominguez

Publisher: Holiday House
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2174-9


Bookstores and online booksellers
.Judy's Website

The first day of school can be scary, especially when you don't speak English. But when the time comes for the class to learn a new lesson, Ms. Coski needs help, and Carmen's special talent just might come in handy. "This charming celebration of bilingualism captures both the fears and delights of learning a new tongue."--School Library Journal

PLUS. . .

"Nora and the Texas Terror"

Chapter Book - Ages: 6-9

Author: Judy Cox
Illustrator: Amanda Haley

Publisher: Holiday House
.ISBN: 978-0-8234-2283-8

Bookstores and online booksellers

Judy's Website

Nora tries to be a good sport about having Ellie's family as long-term guests now that her uncle has lost his job. However, her brash cousin Ellie, the Texas terror, is taking over Nora's life! This warmhearted chapter book about families doubling up during hard times is timely and engaging. A Junior Library Guild Selection.


Carmen T. Bernier-Grand

"Sonia Sotomayor: Supreme Court Justice"
(also available in Spanish)

Illustrator: Thomas Gonzalez
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5795-4


A Children’s Place Bookstore
Carmen's Website

In elegant free verse, Carmen T. Bernier-Grand describes Sotomayor’s remarkable journey from her childhood in the projects near Yankee Stadium to her stellar academic achievements at Ivy League universities to her rapid rise in the legal profession.


Tom Birdseye

"Storm Mountain"

Publisher: Holiday House
ISBN 978-0-8234-2130-5

.Online and local booksellers
Tom's Website

A muffled whump beneath her feet cut Cat short. She looked down to see a jagged crack shoot out across the surface of the snow. . . . Avalanche!

The world went dark. Blocks of wet snow pummeled her from all sides. She tumbled as if tossed by a giant ocean wave. Crashing, spinning, Cat couldn't tell up from down. . . . Gagging, frantic for air, Cat grabbed blindly, pulling, swimming, clawing to get to the surface, but seemed to just sink deeper. . . . Like a fool she had walked right into the dragon's trap. . . . Stupid, she thought, as the dragon's fist closed in on her. Stupid, stupid, stupid.

It was Cat's impulsive, irrepressible cousin Ty's harebrained idea to spread the ashes of their late fathers from the summit of the same treacherous mountain that had claimed both their lives. Now Cat must put all of her mountaineering knowledge to work if she and Ty are to survive Storm Mountain.

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