The Weekly 411 (4/22/22)


© Lisa Wee

April 22, 2022 vol. 16

The Weekly 411 gathers all the links added to Kidlit411 each week. To receive this post by email, sign up for our email updatesAre you on Facebook? Join our Kidlit411 group for conversations and camaraderie. This week's illustration is by Lisa Wee.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature middle grade author Sabrina Kleckner and her middle grade debut, The Art of Running Away (Jolly Fish Press 2021). Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Ana Bidault; design by Jake Slavic

We are excited to feature picture book author Katie Munday Williams and her picture book debut, Poet, Pilgrim, Rebel: The Story of Anne Bradstreet, America's First Published Poet!, illustrated by Tania Rex (Beaming Books 2021). Enter to win a copy!

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, Jordie & Joey Fell from the Sky, by Judi Lauren (Jollyfish Press), that came out this week, on April 19, 2022. Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below.

cover art by Thomas Girard

About the Book: The only constant in twelve-year-old Jordie’s life has been his twin brother Joey. They’ve been bounced in and out of foster homes all their lives, and Jordie knows why they haven’t been able to find a permanent home: they’re not from this world. They were found in a crop circle when they were babies, and they have circular marks down their spines. When they realize they’re about to go to separate foster homes for the first time ever, Jordie convinces Joey to run away to Roswell in the hopes of finding their birth parents. But Jordie’s about to discover that family isn’t always about the ones who bring you into the world, but the ones who help you survive it.

About the AuthorJudi Lauren has been reading since she could first hold a book. Following her passion for working with books, she became an assistant editor at Entangled Publishing, and is now an editor at Radish Fiction. When not editing, she writes books for kids and teens about family, friendship, and surviving impossible things. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Mentor Programs

  • Whatapply for a MG, YA, or adult mentor
  • Who is eligible: not traditionally published author over 18 years old
  • When to apply: April 22-25, 2022

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  1. Thanks for the chance!!

  2. This would be a great addition to my classroom library!

  3. This premise is unique and I love the "found" family aspect.

  4. Sounds like a great story! My school has a bunch of science fiction readers who would enjoy it.

  5. Oh, what a fun premise! Congratulations!!!

  6. This book is right up my alley. I can't wait to read!


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