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The Buzz @ Sourcebooks

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The Buzz @ Sourcebooks captures just some of the great features and news about our authors generated by our relentless, energetic marketing and publicity teams.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Booklist has reviewed The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (ISBN 9781492636083; January 2017) by Chelsea Sedoti for the October 2016 issue. This follows a review from Kirkus.

9781492636083-m“Sedoti’s debut offers an enlightening look at the dangers of relying on outward appearances to judge someone’s character, and Hawthorn’s first-person narrative, filled with obsessive thoughts and, eventually, meaningful reflection, is a lively, engaging vehicle for the story… Fans of character-driven novels will appreciate this.”

Friday, September 23, 2016

Here is the first trade review for Randall Silvis’s TWO DAYS GONE from Kirkus. The review will appear in the October 15th issue and will be available online September 27.

9781492639732-m"Beneath the momentum of the investigation lies a pervasive sadness that will stick with you long after you've turned the last page.”  

Friday, September 23, 2016

9781492618553-mTHE CABIN by Natasha Preston is a New York Times Bestseller! In just its second week on-sale, The Cabin debuted on the Young Adult Paperback list at #10.

In its 28th week on the Young Adult Hardcover list, This Is Where It Ends is at #4. The Cellar is also at #4, in its 12th week on the Young Adult Paperback list.

Sourcebooks Fire now has THREE books on the New York Times Young Adult list this week – a HUGE accomplishment!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Booklist praises Dianne Dixon’s THE OTHER SISTER in the October 1st issue. 

9781492633549-M“Through acute imagery and with beautifully deep insight, Dixon unveils the complex rawness of human beings and demonstrates how even the ugliest incidents and secrets can still lead to joy.”

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

fashion is freedom peopleThe September 19th issue of PEOPLE magazine features FASHION IS FREEDOM by Tala Raassi as one of three nonfiction titles for its Picks section!

The reviewer called it:  “[an] inspiring memoir…” The 9/19 issue hit newsstands yesterday! 

“Whipped and jailed in her native Tehran for wearing a mini skirt and heels, Raassi didn’t let it extinguish her love for style. As her inspiring memoir details, she went on to become a U.S. based designer.”  


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The October issue of School Library Journal will also feature reviews of two Prufrock titles – Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids and Space Dictionary for Kids!

9781618215154Space Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Space–"This specialized dictionary features fascinating information paired with stellar illustrations. VERDICT A valuable astronomy resource with a place in juvenile collections of any size."




9781618215130Dinosaur Dictionary for Kids: The Everything Guide for Kids Who Love Dinosaurs–"Dinophiles, rejoice! VERDICT Ample, up-to-date grist for the dino-mill, sure to have youngsters wheedling for a vacation to those geological sites. This title sure won’t gather much dust on the shelf!"




Space Dictionary has also been reviewed in the National Science Teachers Association Recommends publication and Dinosaur Dictionary was reviewed in the San Francisco Book Review. 

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The following reviews will appear in the October issue of School Library Journal.

9781492638148-sThe Storybook Knight – “There are delightful spreads done in acrylic ink and watercolor that pair beautifully with the rhyming stanzas. The characters’ voices are distinct and beg to be read aloud. VERDICT A recommended purchase for all collections and perfect for storytime, bedtime, or anytime."



9781492633051-S1-2-3 Magic in the Classroom – “This excellent manual for teachers provides straightforward discipline strategies and behavioral management techniques… VERDICT A great purchase for any elementary and middle school library and an ideal addition for a professional development reading list.”




9781492635888-sThe Homecoming – “The overall message of relying on family and friends for support is clear, and John’s pain and confusion are palpable… the male point of view distinguishes it in a field crowded with girls’ perspectives. VERDICT A solid addition to YA collections.”

Friday, September 16, 2016

Here are the first author blurbs for Heather Van Fleet’s Reckless Hearts (February 2017):

9781492637165-m“Beautifully written, sweet and sexy, with the perfect amount of banter. You’ll fall in love with these rugged marines and their Reckless Hearts!” —Kelly Gendron, USA Today bestselling author of the Breaking the Declan Brothers series

“Van Fleet has mastered the alpha hero. With perfectly flawed characters and miles of scorching heat, Reckless Hearts is a must read!” —Kelly Siskind, author of A Fine Mess

Friday, September 16, 2016

9781492626015-mAmanda Bouchet’s A Promise of Fire received a glowing review from Bobbi Dumas!

A Promise of Fire is terrific . . . one of the best debuts I’ve read in years.” —Bobbi Dumas


Friday, September 16, 2016

We're so excited to share advance praise for Tamara Morgan’s Stealing Mr. Right (March 2017).

9781492634669-m“The minute I finished reading Tamara Morgan’s Stealing Mr. Right, I started it over. That’s how good this book is! I laughed, I cried, and I fell totally in love with Grant Emerson and Penelope Blue, one of the most fascinating book couples I’ve ever read." —Sandra Owens, author of the bestselling K2 Special Services series

“Tamara Morgan has masterminded the perfect heist of the heart.” —Katie Lane, USA Today bestselling author

“A rollicking romp that packs a surprising emotional punch.” —Jenny Holiday, author of The Engagement Game

“This sexy cat and mouse game between an FBI agent and a jewel thief had me furiously flipping the pages until the very end.” —AJ Pine, author of The One That Got Away

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9781492622475-sThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp has now spent MORE THAN half a year (27 WEEKS!) on the New York Times Young Adult Hardcover list, coming in at #8 this week! Made all the more impressive by the fact that this was a major launch week for big fall books, including The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee and Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow, with Sabaa Tahir’s A Torch Against the Night having jumped on the week prior (at #1 both weeks).



9781492600978-sThe Cellar by Natasha Preston goes up another spot this week, landing at #4 on the Young Adult Paperback list, where it has spent 11 WEEKS on the list!





9781492618553-sStrong numbers for The Cabin keep it in contention for a spot on the same list – something we’ll certainly be driving against in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Two of our November titles, Left at the Altar by Margaret Brownley and Picture Perfect Wedding by Lynette Austin, have received great reviews from Booklist:

9781492608134-SLEFT AT THE ALTAR

“This sweet, fun historical western, the first in Brownley’s A Match Made in Texas series, will be popular with romance fans and is a welcome addition to a sparse yet popular subgenre.” – C.J. Quillen, Booklist





“The third book in the Magnolia Brides series, following Every Bride Has Her Day (2016), it will charm readers who love a good second chance romance. Fans of the series will enjoy catching up with familiar characters, but new readers will have no trouble starting here.” – Amy Alessio, Booklist

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9781492636083-mKirkus has reviewed The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett for the October 15th print issue. The review will also appear online September 19th. This is the first trade review for The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett!

“A solid coming-of-age novel with light spunk and individuality.”

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

9781492632276-mMel Miskimen, author of Sit Stay Heal: How an Underachieving Labrador Won Our Hearts and Brought Us Together, has appeared on local Milwaukee TV and Milwaukee Public Radio this week, ahead of her launch event at Boswell Book Company tonight.

Mel, her dad and her dog, Seamus, all joined The Morning Blend (NBC Milwaukee) for a very touching, sweet and funny interview this morning.

VIDEO: http://www.tmj4.com/shows/the-morning-blend/how-a-rowdy-labrador-helped-a-family-heal

Mel and Seamus were also in-studio this week for an extensive interview on Lake Effect on Milwaukee NPR.

AUDIO: http://wuwm.com/post/sit-stay-heal-explores-familys-journey-through-grief-their-labrador#stream/0

Sit Stay Heal is currently on the Barnes & Noble New Arrivals – Trade Paper promotion in all stores through Sept. 19 and will be featured on the Fascinating Life Stories memoir table starting on Sept. 27 through Oct. 24.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Book of Me by Rachel Kempster and Meg Leder earns a review from Publishers Weekly; which is available online now.

9781492641940-m“This book is about recognizing who you were, who you are, and who you wish to be.” In a journal devoted to the idea of self-recognition, the team behind The Happy Book (2009) urges readers to explore the interests and beliefs that define them. Activities and prompts include invitations for readers to draw their egos, superegos, and ids (following a brief description of Freud’s philosophy); write about embarrassing moments; map out timelines of their lives; and write about passions or obsessions. In an age of carefully photographed, filtered, and disseminated selfies, focusing on oneself is somewhat par for the course, yet Kempster and Leder pose questions that encourage thoughtful introspection, even as quotations from figures as varied as Paul Gauguin, Stephen King, Taylor Swift, and Walt Whitman subtly suggest that readers look outside themselves for perspective and advice."

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9781492620945-mLabyrinth Lost by Zoraida Córdova has made Buzzfeed’s list of “23 New YA Books You’re Going to Want to Curl Up With This Fall”

Buzzfeed has over 15 million unique monthly visitors and Labyrinth Lost lands at #4!

The list included major YA releases by authors such as: Sabaa Tahir, Leigh Bardugo, David Arnold, Nicola Yoon, Melissa de la Cruz, and so many more!

You can see the complete list here.

More media hits for this title can be found below:


Book Trailer Reveal

Epic Reads:

Most Anticipated YA Books Of September


Creating A Fantasy World of 'Labyrinth Lost' Meant Styaing True to My Roots

18 Of The Best YA Books Of September 2016 To Help You Fall In Love With Autumn

Publisher's Weekly Children’s Bookshelf:

In Brief: Life's A Witch!

School Library Journal Teen Librarian Toolbox:

Setting a New Default for Readers and Myself: A Guest Post

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9781492637424-mHere are the latest blurbs for Catriona Ward’s THE GIRL FROM RAWBLOOD:

“Brilliant – The Girl From Rawblood is the old-school gothic novel I have been waiting for. While it delivers everything I want from a ‘haunted house/family curse’ story, it is still stunningly original. I have never read anything like it and that’s saying something.” — Mike Mignola, creator of the Hellboy comic book series

The Girl from Rawblood weaves a spell that both terrifies and mesmerizes. As each layer of mystery is peeled away, more haunting truth is revealed. The book leaves the reader breathless in its gothic tale of fear, family, blood, and love.” — Simone St. James, award-winning author of The Haunting of Maddy Clare

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9781492626046-mNalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author of the Psy-Changeling, Guild Hunter, and Rock Kiss series has praised Amanda Bouchet’s BREATH OF FIRE.

Breath of Fire is a heart-pounding and joyous romantic adventure that swept me away. Amanda Bouchet's talent is striking."

Nalini Singh, New York Times bestselling author

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Check out these new blurbs from two bestselling authors for Amanda Bouchet's Kingmaker series!

9781492626046-s“Absolutely fabulous. I didn’t want to put [Breath of Fire] down. Amanda Bouchet is now on my auto-buy list! I highly recommend her books to my readers and to anyone looking for a great blend of fantasy and romance.”

C.L. Wilson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of The Winter King




9781492626015-sA Promise of Fire made me laugh out loud more than once.”

Thea Harrison, New York Times bestselling author of the Elder Races series

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

9781492637257-mPrepublication coverage for Marie Benedict’s THE OTHER EINSTEIN continues as BUSTLE includes it as the #1 title on its "12 New Novels Every History Buff Needs to Read” list.

“The Other Einstein takes you into Mileva’s heart, mind, and study as she tries to forge a place for herself in a scientific world dominated by men.”

Bustle has nearly 1 million unique monthly visitors a month.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Check out this fantastic blurb for BRAVE NEW GIRL from our own Sandy Gingras:

9781492650539-m“Brave New Girl is just a squiggly line drawing, but, page after page, she became someone I cared about and someone I rooted for . . . The drawings have the sparseness of Shel Silverstein and the lush wild wonderment of Maurice Sendak.  I love the seeming simplicity of Lou Hamilton’s drawings, but how clearly the complex personality of Brave New Girl is evoked.  You can see BNG’s courage in her determined little legs, the hopefulness in the stretch of her arms.  You can feel how hard she’s trying.  But she also has a sense of humor, a sense of life’s kooky absurdity and a sense of awe too.  She has a voice.

I kept marking pages:  No is a complete sentence; Spread the love; We all have our little surprises.  I was tempted to rip out the pages and tack them all over my office (but I didn’t).  This is a book that I’d want to give to my best friends.  Because they’ll get it. They’ll see themselves in it.  They’ll laugh and pause and nod and say AHA!  They’ll know exactly what BNG means . . .” – Sandy Gingras, bestselling author and illustrator

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