The Weekly 411 (7/15/22)

© Mark Spuddle

 July 15, 2022 vol. 28

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 Mark Spuddle.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Larry Issa and his debut picture book, Get Back in the Book! illustrated by Emma Chadwick (Kalamus 2019). Enter to win a copy!

We are excited to feature author Melissa Dassori and her debut middle-grade novel, J.R. Silver Writes Her World  (Christy Ottaviano Books) out on July 19.  Enter to win a copy!

cover art by Chelen Écija design by Jenny Kimura

Middle Grade Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade book, The Edge of In Between by Lorelei Savaryn (Viking Children's Books, April 2022). Enter to win a signed book plus a swag pack (described below!)

cover art by Tracy J Lee

About the Book: A spellbinding tale of magical realism and superb, twisty retelling of The Secret Garden, where twelve-year-old Lottie’s colorful world turns suddenly gray when an unexpected accident claims her parents, and she is uprooted from her home to live with an eccentric uncle she never knew she had—on the border that separates the living and the dead.

About the Author:  Lorelei Savaryn ( is an author of creepy, magical stories for children. She holds a BA in creative writing and is a former elementary teacher and instructional coach. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time amidst the beautiful chaos of life with her husband and four children outside of Chicago. She is also the author of The Circus of Stolen Dreams. You can follow her on Twitter @LoreleiSavaryn.

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  1. Thank you for sharing these books

  2. This cover is gorgeous and the novel is incredible.

  3. This book sounds like an intriguing and mysterious fantasy!

  4. Thank you for the variety offered in this post (1 pb and 2 mg) and highlighting debut authors. Hearing the inspiration and journey to publication fascinates me as both an pre-published author and a grandmother.

  5. Oh wow! The Secret Garden was my favorite book as a kid. I can't wait to read Lorelei's retelling of it. It sounds phenomenal!

  6. Incredible and maybe a little eerie!!! I'm eager to read and share!

  7. The cover is beautiful and the premise sounds intriguing!

  8. All of these books look exciting - but I'm especially interested in the spooky take on the Secret Garden!

  9. I absolutely cannot wait to read your book, Lorelei! It sounds amazing! Added it to my list!

  10. I can't wait to read these books!


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