Trade Review Roundup: Week of January 21
We are happy to share trade reviews for books across all of our imprints this week. Click "Read More" below to read more about the books, authors, and reviews.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books reviewed A Place for Wolves by Kosoko Jackson
Born and raised in the DC Metro Area, and currently living in Brooklyn, Kosoko Jackson is a digital media strategist for non-profit organizations; which enables his Twitter obsession. Occasionally, his personal essays have been featured on Medium, Thought Catalog, and The Advocate. When not searching for an extra hour in the day, he can be found obsessing over movies, drinking his (umpteenth) London Fog, or writing lengthy Twitter Threads summarizing how Slytherin is the best Hogwarts House. A Place for Wolves is his debut novel. Visit him at kosokojackson.com.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books reviewed The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
Laura Pohl is a Brazilian writer who lives in São Paulo. She likes writing messages in caps lock, quoting Hamilton, and obsessing about Star Wars. When not taking pictures of her dog, she can be found discussing alien conspiracy theories. She has not crashed any cars or spaceships—yet. Visit her online at onlybylaura.com.
Publishers Weekly reviewed Desert Redemption by Betty Webb
As a journalist, Betty Webb interviewed U.S. presidents, astronauts, and Nobel Prize winners, as well as the homeless, dying, and polygamy runaways. The dark Lena Jones mysteries are based on stories she covered as a reporter. Betty's humorous Gunn Zoo series debuted with the critically acclaimed The Anteater of Death, followed by The Koala of Death. A book reviewer at Mystery Scene Magazine, Betty is a member of National Federation of Press Women, Mystery Writers of America, and the National Organization of Zoo Keepers.
Shelf Awareness reviewed Fast Friends by Jill Mansell
With over 11 million copies sold, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jill Mansell writes irresistible and funny, poignant and romantic tales for women in the tradition of Marian Keyes, Sophie Kinsella and Jojo Moyes. She lives with her partner and their children in Bristol, England.
Kirkus Reviews reviewed The Most Marvelous International Spelling Bee by Deborah Abela
Deborah Abela is an award-winning author. She is an ambassador for Room to Read and a Role Model for Books in Homes. Deborah studied communications and worked both as a teacher and the writer/producer of a national kids’ television show in Australia. She lives in Sydney, Australia. Learn more at deborahabela.com.
Booklist reviewed Woman 99 by Greer Macallister
Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a novelist, poet, short story writer, and playwright who earned her MFA in Creative Writing from American University. Her debut novel The Magician’s Lie was a USA Today bestseller, an Indie Next pick, and a Target Book Club selection. It has been optioned for film by Jessica Chastain's Freckle Films. Her novel Girl In Disguise, also an Indie Next pick, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly, which called it “a well-told, superb story.” She lives with her family in Washington, DC.
Booklist reviewed Logan's Lady by Rosanne Bittner
USA TODAY best-seller Rosanne Bittner has written and published 68 novels over the past 40 years. Rosanne’s first love is American history, the Old West and Native Americans. Her well-researched books cover real events and locations from all facets of the birth and growth of America. She has won numerous writing awards, including a RITA nomination from Romance Writers of America for SONG OF THE WOLF and a WILLA award from Women Writing the West for WHERE HEAVEN BEGINS. She was named “Queen of Western Romance,” by Romantic Times Reviews, who nominated her second “Outlaw” book, DO NOT FORSAKE ME, for best western romance for 2015. Most of Rosanne’s novels have garnered over 95% five-star reviews from Amazon readers and great reviews from Publisher’s Weekly. Rosanne belongs to several historical societies and is an active volunteer in a home-town charity organization. She and her husband of over 50 years live in southwest Michigan. Visit her at rosannebittner.com.
School Library Journal reviewed You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Laura Silverman is a writer and editor. She loves books, dogs, and bubble baths. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY. You can follow her on Twitter @LJSilverman1.
School Library Journal reviewed P is for Pterodactyl by Raj Haldar and Chris Carpenter, illus. by Maria Beddia
Better known by his stage name Lushlife, Raj Haldar is an American rapper, composer, and producer from Philadelphia, PA. This is his first book. Connect with him on Twitter @lushlifemedia.
Chris Carpenter is a software developer for a tech startup in New York.
Maria Beddia is a freelance illustrator, muralist, and textile designer based in Philadelphia. Visit her online at mariatinabeddia.com.
School Library Journal reviewed What You Hide by Natalie D. Richards
After years as a professional paper-pusher, NATALIE D. RICHARDS decided to trade in reality for a life writing YA fiction. She lives in Ohio (Go Bucks!) with her husband, three children, and a ridiculously furry dog named Yeti. Visit her on Twitter @natdrichards or at nataliedrichards.com.
Booklist reviewed The Shadowglass by Rin Chupeco
Despite uncanny resemblances to Japanese revenants, Rin Chupeco has always maintained her sense of humor. Raised in Manila, Philippines, she keeps four pets: a dog, two birds, and a husband. She’s been a technical writer and a travel blogger but now makes things up for a living. Connect with Rin at rinchupeco.com.
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