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August 2022 Member Good News

Carolyn Yoder at Calkins Creek/Astra BFYR has acquired HIDING IN PLAIN SIGHT: KATE WARNE AND THE RACE TO SAVE PRESIDENT LINCOLN by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Sally Wern Comport, a nonfiction picture book about the Pinkerton detective’s role in saving Lincoln’s life before his first inauguration. Publication Spring 2025.
Rachel Delaney Craft’s story “Andromeda’s New Brain: Part 1,” about a young cyborg who fights crime on future Earth, appeared in the July/August issue of Cricket magazine.
After completing the Michelle Begley mentor program, Heidi DeStefano received first place in the Children’s Literature category for “Chickie Jurin and the Zamboozie Stew” at the 2022 Wyoming Writers’ Conference.
Every year the Library of Congress hosts the National Book Festival in Washington, DC. Each state selects a children’s book to represent its heritage, and this year New Mexico selected Anna Freeman’s SHAPED BY HER HANDS: POTTER MARIA MARTINEZ!
THE POOP FAIRY (2022), written and illustrated by Sandy Ferguson Fuller, is the feature picture book selected for August through October for the  Vail Public Library Storywalk in Big Horn Park, East Vail.
Author Teresa Funke donated a Little Free Library to a mobile home park in Fort Collins stocked with Spanish, English, and bilingual books so the bilingual families in the community can read together. She included books by some Fort Collins SCBWI authors. You can see photos here.
Rudy Garcia’s 2021 YA Chicano Fantasy, DEATH SONG OF THE DRAGÓN CHICXULUB, received Honorable Mention in Best Novel – Fantasy from the International Latino Book Awards 2022. The author lives in Denver, CO. Connect with Rudy on his website, Facebook, and Twitter @RChGarcia3.
Vickie L. Gardner is happy to announce that the second story, DARBY MEETS TALL TOWN, in her early reader series THE ADVENTURES OF DARBY, will be released and available for sale at in August. To learn more about Vickie and her stories, visit Vickie’s website.
RMC-SCBWI member Karen Gonzales of Denver, Colorado won a $70 prize and 2nd Place Sandra Seaton Michel Middle School Story Award for “The Mystery of La Llorona and Mister Llorón” in the National League of American Pen Women, Inc.’s 2022 Biennial Letters Competition.
Jolene Gutiérrez signed a book deal with Abrams Appleseed for her book about sensory sensitivity, TOO MUCH! The book will be published as a picture book in 2023 and as a board book in 2025. Jolene and her daughter Shaian Gutiérrez also sold their Día de Muertos picture book THE OFRENDA THAT WE BUILT at auction to Chronicle. It is scheduled for a 2024 publication date.
Katherine Hahn’s illustrated online episodic novel, ALEX HOLLOW & THE MONSTERS OF MORNINGSIDE, will conclude August 15 with Chapter 10. Read it here for free through Dec 31, 2022! Almost-six-year-old Alex, who loves coloring and monsters, sees one through a portal to a magical world in his backyard. Peril ensues.
Lauren H. Kerstein is thrilled to announce her latest PB, ONE MORE SUNDAY. Andrea Hall with Beaming Books is editing, and Nanette Regan is illustrating. ONE MORE SUNDAY (November 2023) is a reassuring social-emotional journey reminding children that even when a loved one is gone, their love lives on forever.
RANSOMING THE CAPTIVE, the fourth YA novel by Traci L. Jones was released July 7, 2022. A story of guilt and the search for self-forgiveness was published by Black Rose Writing, a small imprint located in Texas.
Laura Perdew’s PB science series, BIOME EXPLORERS, releases August 15 (Nomad Press). The series has five titles: AQUATIC ADVENTURES, DESTINATION DESERT, FOOTSTEPS IN THE FOREST, GRASSLAND GLOBETROTTING, and TOUR THE TUNDRA. Each book takes readers on a journey through a different biome, integrating important science concepts including plant and animal adaptations, and climate.
Jessica Speer’s second MG book, MIDDLE SCHOOL – SAFETY GOGGLES ADVISEDreleases 8.2.22! Illustrations by Lesley Imgart. With choose-your-own-ending stories, a dash of science, and humor, this guidebook explores the halls of middle school. Safety goggles advised. To learn more, visit her website here, also Twitter @SpeerAuthor, IG @jessica_speer_author.
SKI BIRD AND POWDER PIGGY: RACE TO THE TOP, written and illustrated by Julianne Stokes will be released this Labor Day Weekend! Stokes will be touring stores in Aspen during the month of September to celebrate her third children’s picture book. You can follow Stokes on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
Kate Tillery-Danzer has been named a 2022 Writer of Note Fellow with the de Groot Foundation for her work-in-progress, TILLI THOMPSON AND THE CASE OF THE BOG BONES (mid-grade nature adventure novel).