Monday, June 17, 2019

Cover Reveal for CATALYST!

COVER REVEAL!!! So excited to share with you the cover art for my next kids book, CATALYST, coming from Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in June 2020! It's about change, acceptance, and a really, really large cat!

Huge thanks to artist Brandon Dorman, designer Opal Roengchai, art director Sharismar Rodriguez, my editor Anne Hoppe, and the whole Clarion team for this gorgeousness!

Say hello to Zoe, Harrison, and Pipsqueak!


http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/Catalyst.htm


 

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Thursday, June 06, 2019

New Jersey Events This Saturday

New Jersey readers -- This Saturday (6/8), I will be at the Maplewood South Orange Book Festival from 11am to 4pm, signing books in the Children's Area. And at 7:30pm, I'll be at the Barnes & Noble in Paramus, with the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County, talking about my books & writing & dragons & sea monsters... Both events are open to all. Hope to see you there!

Maplewood South Orange Book Festival: http://www.mapsobookfest.org
 

SFABC at Barnes & Noble in Paramus: https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/event/9780062030376-0

THE STONE GIRL'S STORY is a Mythopoeic Award Finalist!

Got some wonderful news: my book, THE STONE GIRL'S STORY, is a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature! I'm so thrilled, honored, and grateful! Thank you, Mythopoeic Society! You made my day! And congratulations to all the other finalists!

http://www.mythsoc.org/news/news-2019-06-05.htm



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Thursday, May 16, 2019

SPARK on the Kids Indie Next List!

Just found out that SPARK was selected for the Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List!!! Woohoo! Thanks so much, IndieBound! 

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781328973429


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Tuesday, May 14, 2019

SPARK comes out today!!!

Today is the book birthday for SPARK!!!

SPARK is a fantasy adventure for kids, published by Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and I'm beyond thrilled that it's out in the world! I loved writing this book, and I'm so excited to introduce you to Mina and Pixit!



In SPARK, storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast -- a creature of fire and chaos -- everyone's certain it's a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian's skills, and she discovers that her country's weather comes at a devastating cost -- a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina's never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit's help, she resolves to find a way to be heard.

If you're interested, more information can be found on my website, including the first two chapters: www.sarahbethdurst.com/Spark.htm

All books start with a spark. An idea, an image, a feeling, a wish... The spark for this book was three words:

Mina was quiet.

I wanted to write a book about a quiet girl and her lightning dragon. But I didn't want it to be the story of a quiet girl who learns to be loud. I wanted it to be the story of a quiet girl who discovers she's strong, exactly as she is.

Growing up, I was a quiet girl. I spent a lot of my childhood in my room, reading books. For the bulk of sixth grade, I was so shy that I barely talked to anyone. It took me a long time to discover you can be quiet and strong.

So this book is for all those quiet kids out there. And it's for anyone who has ever struggled to be heard, who has yearned to resist injustice, or who has simply dreamed of being friends with a telepathic lightning dragon!

If that's you or your kid, please consider taking a look at SPARK! Hope you're having a wonderful spring! And thanks so much for reading!


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Wednesday, May 08, 2019

Books of Wonder on Sat 5/11

Very excited for this Saturday!!! I'll be at the fabulous Books of Wonder in NYC at 1pm on 5/11 with Sayantani Dasgupta, Laura Ruby, Fran Wilde, and Pat Cummings, talking about our new MG books. Hope you can join us!

http://booksofwonder.com/saturdaymay11thatour18thstore1-3pmfantasticmiddlegradereads.aspx



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Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Excerpt from SPARK

It's one week until SPARK comes out!!! If you'd like a sneak peek, I've posted an excerpt on my website. Come meet Mina and Pixit! 

http://www.sarahbethdurst.com/Sparkexcerpt.htm 

 

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Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Happy May!

It's May! Always my favorite month. This year, it's both my birthday month and my book birthday month. SPARK, my next book for kids, comes out on May 14th!!! I loved writing this book, and I can't wait for people to meet Mina and her lightning dragon Pixit!


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Lovely present!

Got the loveliest present in the mail from my magnificent editor Anne Hoppe at Clarion Books / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt! An early finished copy of SPARK (my upcoming book for kids) and the paperback of THE STONE GIRL'S STORY! I love holding them in my hands for the first time! Kind of like holding a new baby. Except quieter.


 

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

GIRL Selected as 3rd Place Winner of Florida SSYRA Award!

Wow!!! Thank you so much, Florida SSYRA and Florida readers, for selecting THE GIRL WHO COULD NOT DREAM as the 3rd place winner of the Sunshine State Young Readers Award! I'm thrilled and honored! And big congrats to Gordon Korman and Jason Reynolds!



If you can't see the video above, you can view it here: https://www.facebook.com/FLSSYRA/videos/813663489015433/


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