The Weekly 411 (4/21/23)

© Kim Norman

 April 21, 2023 vol. 16

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Middle Grade Giveaway

We are excited to host a giveaway of the middle grade novel, We the Future, by Cliff Lewis (Jolly Fish Press), out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover art by Carl Pearce; designer: Cynthia Della-Rovere


About the Book:  I’m from the future. We need you.


Ever since he learned about climate change, twelve-year-old Jonah has dreaded a weather-beaten future where not even his asthma medication can save him. Luckily, a girl from that future arrives just in time to throw Jonah a lifeline. Sunny traveled back to the 2020s with a mission: help Jonah launch a climate strike big enough to rewrite history. To do it, he’ll have to recruit his entire school before Halloween. Why so soon? Sunny won’t say. But how can Jonah win over 600 classmates when the only thing he dreads more than the end of the world is talking to other kids?


About the Author:  Cliff Lewis is a time-traveler from the 1990s, presently parked in the 2020s. He’s a professional writer, a hometown story-slam winner, and a keynote speaker living in Pennsylvania with his wife, their two kids, and a little dog named Pippin. In his spare time, Cliff volunteers for local progressive organizations, which once led to a crew of young climate activists devouring all of his family’s traditional election-day chili.

Buy the Book:  Jolly Fish Press (30% off fall release pre orders using code SPRING23; free shipping for orders over $100) 

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Middle Grade Giveaway 2

We are pleased to host a giveaway of the middle grade book, Skyriders, by Polly Holyoke (Viking Children's Books) out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!

cover art by Brandon Dorman/ design by 

About the BookWings of Fire meets Pax in this epic fantasy adventure set in a world where humans and skysteeds share a deep bond of friendship. When monsters emerge to attack the empire, it's up to shy Kiesandra and her beloved winged horse N'Rah to prove to the imperial army that she has what it takes to lead them to victory . . . and to ensure the survival of their world. Buzzing with action, heart, and friendship, this first book in the Skyriders series shows that kids can achieve the impossible--especially with flying horses on their side.

About the AuthorPolly Holyoke is the award-winning author of the middle grade sci/fi Neptune Trilogy (Disney/Hyperion) and the new children’s fantasy series, Skyriders (Viking Children’s Books). Polly grew up in Colorado and enjoys skiing, hiking, and camping in the mountains. Because The Neptune Project was named to several state lists and because Polly was a teacher, she has visited hundreds of schools and loves getting students excited about writing. She believes kids need to read, write, unplug from their gadgets and spend more time… daydreaming!
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Picture Book Giveaway

We're excited to host a giveaway of the picture book, The Loud Librarian, by Jenna Beatrice, illustrated by Erika Lynn Jones (Atheneum Books for Young Readers 2023). Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below! 

About the Book: Penelope is perfect for the job of student-librarian. Friendly? Check. Helpful? Check. Book lover? Check. There’s just one snag. Penelope is...LOUD. Bookcases may topple and the ground may quake at the sound of her voice, but Penelope is determined to prove she’s perfect for the job and stay true to herself. Can a little librarian with a big voice find a place where she belongs?

About the AuthorJenna Beatrice is a children’s author, lawyer, and mom. She began her legal career as a lawyer for children in foster care before becoming a litigator and a trustee of a children’s advocacy center. As an author, Jenna now shares the joy of reading with young children. Jenna lives in northern New Jersey with her husband and their young son. The Loud Librarian is her debut picture book. To learn more about Jenna, please visit her at

About the Illustrator: Erika enjoys creating quirky characters and stories that affirm and celebrate cultures. Her creative mission is to show every child they are worthy of good and deserve positive representations of themselves in literature. Her stories encourage children to express and process wide ranges of emotions from joy to anger around their life experiences. She loves working in mixed media and collage because it reminds her of time spent with her mother, who helped make sure all of her school projects had that special artistic shine. She grew up in St. Louis and now lives in the Dallas area with her husband and three daughters. To learn more about Erika, please visit her at

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  • What: a 3-month mentorship with an agented picture book author or agent
  • Who: un-agented picture book authors, illustrators, and author-illustrators, plus agented PB creators without book deals
  • When: apply April 17-27 


  1. All these books look good

  2. All of these will be exciting reads--We the Future is new to me and I'm adding it to my wish list.

  3. What awesome books!! Can't wait to read these.

  4. I always get inspired by upcoming books! Can't wait to read these.

  5. I look forward to this blog every week.Thank you Sylvia and Elaine!

  6. Great assortment of books! Skyriders is one I hadn't heard about before. My school has a lot of Wings of Fire fans and it sounds like this might be one that interests them.

  7. This book looks great!

  8. So excited for these books!!!

  9. Look forward to reading these!

  10. Thank you so much for hosting my giveaway!

  11. What a reading lineup! Congratulations to all! Yay!


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