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NEW: Writing for Children—Tips for Your
and fantasy stories are the most popular books
this season, and here are a few that you are
sure to find exciting:
Are So Undead to Me By Stacey Jay
A Zombie apocalypse is in store for you in this
story about Megan Berry, who is a Zombie Settler
by birth, which means she's part-time shrink
to a whole bunch of semi-dead people with killer
issues. All Megan really wants is to go to homecoming,
but when you're trailed by a bunch of slobbering
corpses whenever you leave the house, it's hard
to score a date.
By Cynthia Leitich Smith
Eternal by Cynthia Leitich Smith is
a sequel to her popular urban fantasy, Tantalize,
set in a dark world of vampires and werewolves,
ordinary humans and their invisible guardian
angels. Miranda goes from high-school theater
wannabe to glamorous royal fiend overnight.
Meanwhile, adoring guardian angel, Zachary,
demoted to human guise as the princess’s personal
assistant, has his work cut out for him trying
to save his girl’s soul and plan the Master’s
fast-approaching Death Day gala. Dark...hilarious,
you will love this one.
Crows By James Perry Li and Ryo Kawakami
Orange Crows by James Perry Li and
Ryo Kawakami is a graphic novel about a group
of witches and warlocks out of school. It is
unique and appealing to newer, younger fantasy
fans; however the darkness of the politics and
social mores in Orange Crows makes
it also appealing to older fans of urban fantasy.
These two aspects should give almost any fantasy
fan something to love.
After a bad experiment dealing with magic,
student witch Cierra is banished, becoming a
Forsaken. She must live five years in exile,
never knowing if her best friend Natalie survived
For the Younger set:
Berenstain Bears' Family Reunion
(I Can Read Book 1 — Ages 4-8) (Paperback)
By Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Bears are having a family reunion, and all
their relatives are invited. The tree house
is ready, the tables are set, and the fun is
about to start.
Beginning readers will feel like part of the
family with this charming verse book from the
By Tomi Ungerer
The man in the moon is a benevolent, soft-bodied
man who curls up in "his shimmering seat in
space." Most evenings, he looks over longingly
at the happy, dancing earth people, until one
night when he can't resist catching the fiery
tail of a comet and hitching a ride to Earth,
and that starts an exciting tale that will keep
Tips for your Success
Get started with a Bang!
You have a great idea for a book that is sure
to entrance your favorite children. Now what?
Getting the right beginning may be the most
important thing you do to get it published.
If you don't grab the editor with your first
paragraph, he may not even read any further.
That goes for your young reader too. If it doesn't
start with action, he won't read it. This is
not the place for a long-winded description
of the setting, or even of your main character.
Johnnie may live in the most beautiful valley
in the Adirondacks, but start the story with
Grandpa's still exploding, or the wild boar
charging out of the trees. You can sneak in
tidbits about the setting as you go. Kids want
action and plenty of it, so set the hook right
away and you are on the fast track to a winner.
Use short sentences, and active verbs, with
descriptions to a minimum.
Of course your first chance to grab everyone's
attention is with the title. Think your title
over carefully. If you didn't know what the
story was about, would you reach for a book
with your title?
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