The Weekly 411 (6/9/23)
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June 9, 2023 vol. 23
Kid Lit News
YA Anthology Giveaway
We're excited to host a giveaway of the YA anthology, The Grimoire of Grave Fates, edited by Hanna Alkaf and Margaret Owens (Delacorte Press), out now. Enter to win a copy via the Rafflecopter below!
A prestigious school for young magicians, the Galileo Academy has recently undergone a comprehensive overhaul, reinventing itself as a roaming academy in which students of all cultures and identities are celebrated. In this new Galileo, every pupil is welcome, but Professor Septimius Dropwort—everyone's least favorite professor—is among those who aren't who aren't so happy with the academy's transformation. When the stodgy old professor is found dead on school grounds with a mysterious note clenched in his fist, the students must solve the murder themselves . . . because everyone’s a suspect.
Told from eighteen alternating and distinct perspectives—each written by a different author—The Grimoire of Gave Fates follows Galileo’s best and brightest young magicians as they race to discover the truth behind Dropwort’s mysterious death. Each one of them is confident that only they have the skills needed to unravel the web of secrets hidden within Galileo’s halls. But they’re about to discover that even for straight-A students, magic doesn’t always play by the rules. . . .
This compelling anthology is a celebration of fantasy's rich potential for inclusive storytelling. For fans of the genre who have never seen themselves represented in magical realms before or no longer feel like they have a home at Hogwarts, offers a unique and triumphant collaboration between BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and multicultural voices to create a magic school setting populated by an eclectic and authentic student body featuring backgrounds that have been "othered" in American fiction.
MARGARET OWEN was born and raised at the end of the Oregon Trail, and now lives and writes in Seattle while negotiating a long-term hostage situation with her two monstrous cats. In her free time, she enjoys exploring ill-advised travel destinations and raising money for social justice nonprofits through her illustrations. She is the author of The Merciful Crow and its sequel, The Faithless Hawk, as well as Little Thieves.
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About the Book: Starting a new school, Anzu struggles to find her place. Starting a new art unit, her class struggles to learn origami. It's not easy to make friends or to fold tiny paper figures, but with her grandfather’s encouragement, Anzu finds a way to try again even when she doesn’t succeed the first time―and helps her classmates do the same.
About the Author: Moni Ritchie Hadley is the author of The Star Festival, a 2022 Bank Street College Best Children’s Book of the Year. Growing up as a half-Japanese military brat, she found frequent moves and new schools challenging. Today, she surrounds herself with her family, pets, and friends in Los Angeles, California.
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About the Illustrator: Nathalia Takeyama is a half-Japanese and half-Brazilian artist who grew up surrounded by two beautiful cultures that inspire her every day. She majored in animation design in college and won an illustration scholarship from Quanta Academia de Artes. She works mainly in digital media and loves textures, colorful palettes, and diverse characters. She lives in São Paulo, Brazil.