The Weekly 411 (9/2/22)

© AJ Smith

Sept. 2, 2022, vol. 35

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 AJ Smith.

Author Spotlights

We are excited to feature author Michelle Mohrweis and their debut middle grade novel, The Trouble with Robots (Peachtree), coming out on Sept. 27. Enter to win a signed and annotated copy with Sharpie art on the edges! (See sample edge, but will be on finished hardcover)

Cover art by Kris Mukai, design by Maria Fazio, and art direction by Adela Pons.

We are excited to feature author Emily Seo and her middle-grade novel, The Science of Boys, illustrated by Gracey Zhang (Tradewinds Books June 2022)Enter to win a copy!

Book design by Elisa GutiƩrrez

Illustrator Spotlight

We are excited to welcome back N. Alison Colle, who designed our September website banner and placed honorable mention in our Kidlit411 banner contest.

© N. Alison Colle 

Young Adult Giveaway

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the young adult novel, Meet the Moon, by Kerry L. Malawista (Fitzroy Books/Regal House Publishing) out on Sept. 15. Enter to win a copy in the Rafflecopter below!

cover art by C.B. Royal

About the Book: In 1970, 13-year-old Jody Moran wants pierced ears, a kiss from a boy, and more attention from her mother. It's not fair. Seems like her mother is more worked up about the Apollo 13 astronauts, who may not make it back to earth safely. As it happens, the astronauts are spared a crash landing, but Jody is not, for three days after splashdown, her mother dies in a car accident. Now, Jody will never know if her mother really loved her. Jody's father has taught them to believe in the "Power of Intention." Announce what you want to the world to make it happen. But could the power of Jody's jealousy and anger have caused Mom's accident? To relieve her guilt and sadness, she devotes herself to mothering her three younger siblings and helping Dad, which quickly proves too much for her, just as persuading quirky Grandma Cupcakes to live with them proves too much for Grandma. That's when Jody decides to find someone to marry her father, a new mom who will love her best. Jody reads high and low to learn about love, marriage and death. For her adolescent firsts—kiss, bra, and boyfriend—she has the help of her popular older sister, her supportive father, and comical Grandma. But each first, which makes her miss her mother, teaches her that death doesn't happen just once.

About the Author: Kerry L. Malawista, PhD is a writer and psychoanalyst in Potomac, MD. She is co-chair of New Directions in Writing and founder of the recent project The Things They Carry – offering virtual writing workshops for healthcare and frontline workers. Her essays have appeared nationally in newspapers, magazines and literary journals including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Zone 3, Washingtonian Magazine, The Huffington Post, Bethesda Magazine, Arlington Magazine, The Account Magazine, and Delmarva Review, which nominated her for a Pushcart Prize. She is the co-author of Wearing my Tutu to Analysis and Other Stories (2011), The Therapist in Mourning: From the Faraway Nearby (2013), both published by Columbia University Press, and Who’s Behind the Couch (2017) published by Routledge Press. When the Garden Isn’t Eden: More Psychoanalytic Concepts from Life will be published by Columbia University Press spring 2022 and her novel, Meet the Moon will be released September 2022 by Regal House Publishing. Her website is

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