The Weekly 411 (4/9/21)
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April 9, 2021, vol. 15
We are excited to feature author Kaela Rivera and her debut middle grade novel, CECE RIOS AND THE DESERT OF SOULS (Harper Collins), out on April 13. Enter to win a copy!
|illustration: Mirelle Ortega; cover design: Catherine Lee|
We are pleased to feature author Moni Ritchie Hadley and her debut picture book THE STAR FESTIVAL, illustrated by Mizuho Fujisawa (Albert Whitman, April 1, 2021). Enter to win a copy!
We are pleased to feature author Kristy Boyce and her debut young adult book, Hot British Boyfriend, (HarperTeen) out now. Enter to win a copy!
|Cover illustrator is Jacqueline Li and designer is Chris Kwon.|
About the book: Driving through Ohio in an old Pontiac, a young girl's parents stop when they spot watercress growing in a ditch by the side of the road. Grabbing an old paper bag and some rusty scissors, the whole family wades into the muck to collect as much of the muddy watercress as they can. At first, she's embarrassed. Why can't her family get food from the grocery store? But when her mother shares a story of her family's time in China, the girl learns to appreciate the fresh food they foraged. Together, they make a new memory of watercress.
About the author: Andrea Wang is the award-winning author of The Nian Monster and Magic Ramen: The Story of Momofuku Ando. She was inspired to write Watercress by her experience growing up in rural Ohio as a child of Chinese immigrants. Andrea holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing for Young People. She lives in Colorado with her family.
About the illustrator: Jason Chin is a celebrated author and illustrator of children's books. He illustrated Nine Months, by Miranda Paul and Watercress, by Andrea Wang, and wrote and illustrated Grand Canyon, awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Sibert Honor, and the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award. His other nonfiction titles have received numerous starred reviews and other accolades. Jason lives in Vermont with his wife, Deirdre Gill, and their children.
- What: apply for a $500 grant + a year's SCBWI membership + conference tuition
- Who: SCBWI members of Hispanic/Latinx/Ibero-American heritage
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