The Weekly 411 (9/18/20)


© Caitlin Rose Boyle

Sept. 18, 2020 vol. 38

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updates. Are you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations & camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Caitlin Rose Boyle.

                                               AUTHOR SPOTLIGHTS

We are excited to feature author Joana Pastro and her debut picture book, LILLYBELLE, A DAMSEL NOT IN DISTRESS illustrated by Jhon Ortiz (Boyds Mills Press), coming out October 20, 2020. Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature illustrator Caitlin Rose Boyle and her recent graphic novel, FRANKIE AND THE CREEPY CUTE CRITTERS (Oni Press), out Oct. 13. Enter to win a copy!


We are excited to give away the middle grade novel, THE MUTANT MUSHROOM TAKEOVER, by Summer Rachel Short (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers), out on Sept. 22! Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below.

cover design by Lizzy Bromley

About the Book:  
Ever since Magnolia Stone’s scientist dad left Shady Pines to find a new job, Maggie’s been stuck in her gramma’s mobile home with her grumpy older brother, Ezra. Now she’s on a mission to put her family back together by winning the Vitaccino Junior Naturalist Merit Award. When Maggie and her best friend, Nate, a wannabe YouTube star and alien conspiracy theorist, scout out a rare bioluminescent fungus, Maggie is certain she’s a shoo-in to win. But after animals around town start sprouting unusual growths and Ezra develops a bluish glow and hacking cough, Maggie wonders what they’ve really stumbled onto. As things in Shady Pines become stranger and more dangerous, and conversations with her dad get complicated, Maggie must use her scientific smarts and Nate’s impressive knowledge of all things spooky to put things back in order and prevent these peculiar glowing mushrooms from taking over their home.

About the Author: Summer Rachel Short lives in North Texas with her charming husband, three hilarious kids, a very fluffy cat named Emme, and a giant yellow dog named Atticus. Before spinning tales about mutant mushrooms, she once worked as a science reporter for her university's newspaper, where she wrote on topics like nanotech tweezers, poultry farm pollution, and the nighttime habits of spiders and snakes.

Pre-order your copy here! 

For Writers

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Graphic Novels

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Indie Publishing

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Freelance Editors and Critiques

Harold Underdown- *Updated*


The Second Draft


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  1. Great concept! I love that you used Stranger Things as a comparable book.

  2. I heard good things about the book even before it was published. Look forward to reading!

  3. After just watching a doc about slime mold, this story about mutant mushrooms has me ever so intrigued! Nanotech tweezers? That's something I'm going to investigate,too! Best of luck w/ your launch, Rachel!

  4. Thanks so much, Yangmama! Slime mold is fascinating (and has a cameo in my book!)

    1. Oh, and this is Summer...I didn't realize my comments were coming up as "unknown" until after they'd posted! ��


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