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"Allie's levelheaded narration is refreshingly nuanced. Hitchcock unflinchingly characterizes the emotional struggles of being young and lesbian... Throughout, Allie asks 'hard questions' about whether homosexuality is right in the eyes of the Bible or her community. Ultimately and affirmingly, her adult role models encourage her to be true to herself. A compelling and honest addition to the few existing stories about gay middle schoolers."
-- KIRKUS, starred review
Presented in the voice of a premier storyteller, ONE TRUE WAY sheds exquisite light on what it means to be different, while at the same time being wholly true to oneself. Through the lives and influences of two girls, readers come to see that love is love is love. Set against the backdrop of history and politics that surrounded gay rights in the 1970s South, this novel is a thoughtful, eye-opening look at tolerance, acceptance, and change, and will widen the hearts of all readers.
"Shannon Hitchcock's important story shines a bright light on the struggles that LGBT kids had to deal with in the mid-1970s, giving us a context with which to understand more fully the same struggles that are happening today.
In straightforward prose, this honest look shows us how far we've come, and at the same time doesn't deny how far we have to go."
-- Kathi Appelt,
Newbery Honor-winning author and National Book Award Finalist
for The Underneath
"Young readers will find this novel to be ultimately uplifting and inspirational, particularly considering the current lack of middle-grade books with LGBTQ content." --BOOKLIST
Clear, unfussy writing and expert pacing will keep readers absorbed in this appealing novel that strikes a balance between being character-and plot-driven … Compassionate and engaging … highly recommended. SLJ; Laura Simeon, Open Window School Library, Bellevue, WA
Hitchcock (Ruby Lee & Me) sensitively explores the hurdles facing the girls’ tentative romance … a believable supporting cast helps deliver potent messages about the dangers of intolerance and the importance of being true to oneself. -- PW
Shannon Hitchcock brings a light touch to a very complex era in history, revealing how the “one true way” is the path to unconditional love for two girls. A brilliant and powerful story!
-- Gayle E. Pitman, Ph.D;
Stonewall Award-winning author of
THIS DAY IN JUNE.
Books We Can't Wait to Read/ Lydia's 2018 Middle Grade Picks / Texas Book Festival
ONE TRUE WAY is a great addition to diverse middle school collections. Add it to Barakiva's One Many Guy, Federle's Better Nate Than Ever, Sayre's Husky, Wittlinger's Saturdays with Hitchcock, Gino's George, Hennessey's The Other Boy, Polonsky's Gracefully Grayson, and other books that show different experiences with sexual orientation and gender identity in a way that will make middle school readers more understanding of the challenges faced by the people in the world around them. --
Ms. Yingling / Librarian
Cover Reveal interview on GROG:
K: What was your inspiration for this novel?
S: I got the idea for writing ONE TRUE WAY at the 2014 National Council of Teachers of English Convention. As I listened to a diversity panel, the moderator spoke about the lack of middle grade books dealing with homosexuality. There are picture books, think HEATHER HAS TWO MOMMIES, AND TANGO MAKES THREE, and of course in YA literature, authors like David Levithan, Bill Konigsberg, Benjamin Alire Saenz, and Becky Albertalli have written beautiful books, but at that time, there were very few books available in the Middle Grade realm. The moderator went on to praise Tim Federle’s novel, BETTER NATE THAN EVER, and as she spoke, I made a note to read Tim’s book. Tim had found a way to write about a gay character for a middle grade audience, and I wanted to do the same.
K. I've read both of Tim's books, and agree that he found the perfect formula to showcase Nate! What process did you take then?
S: After NCTE, my first order of business was to read BETTER NATE THAN EVER. I adore Tim’s book, but could never have written it. Tim Federle is hysterically funny, and well, that’s not my strength. So I looked at my two prior books,
THE BALLAD OF JESSIE PEARL,
and RUBY LEE & ME.
Those books hold the key to who I am as a writer. My modus operandi is to use history and write about a girl who lived in that time period, to explore how history affected her.
I write simple, heartfelt stories.
That’s what I do.
K: Any parting words for us?
S: I have no way of knowing how ONE TRUE WAY will be received, but I’m reminded of a quote from MG author, Donna Gephart, “Being brave doesn’t mean we’re not afraid. It means we are afraid, but choose to do what feels right anyway. I promise to keep writing bravely. If you promise to keep sharing books bravely. Together, we’ll make this world a kinder, gentler, more inclusive place.”
BOATS ON THE BAY
by Jeanne Walker Harvey,
illus. by Grady McFerrin,
a look at the numerous boats that traverse the bay each day;
A MOON FOR MOE AND MO
by Jane Breskin Zalben,
illus. by Mehrdohkt Amini,
focusing on the friendship
of a Jewish boy and a Muslim boy
who live in Brooklyn;
COUNTDOWN 2979 DAYS
TO THE MOON
by Suzanne Slade,
illus. by Thomas Gonzalez,
a chapter book in verse that traces the journey from President Kennedy announcing the country’s commitment to send a man to the moon and ending with the first successful moon landing;
Penguin Young Readers
LLAMA LLAMA: BE MY VALENTINE
by Anna Dewdney
A STAR IN THE CHRISTMAS PLAY
by Lynne Marie,
illus. by Lorna Hussey
Raffi the giraffe is the only savanna animal not excited about auditioning for the school Christmas play.
Hmmm...Not everyone is as happy
as the groundhog...
Art by Luciana Navarro Powell
SEA OTTER HEROES
The Predators That Saved
photographs by Annie Crawley
The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book
Medal is awarded annually to the
author(s) and illustrator(s) of the
most distinguished informational book published in the United States
in English during the preceding year.
"A young scientist's doctoral research reveals a surprising relationship between sea grasses and sea otters in a California bay ...intriguing description... a model of the scientific method. Interspersed...are sections about otters and about sea-grass science in general. A map, ample photographs, and an attractive design add appeal, and there are sensible suggestions for environmental protection. A thoughtfully organized and attractively presented example of science in the field."
Adam Lerner and the Sibert Committee
Check out Patti's story of
when she got THE CALL.
OUT OF WONDER
(Kwame Alexander/ Candlewick)
and Ekua Holmes,
who received the
Coretta Scott King
Award for Illustration
Happy Book Birthday
NYT Bestselling Author
CINNAMON BUN BESTIES
(Sky Pony Press)
A SWIRL novel …
… it's bestie vs. bestie…
the latest in the series – including PUMPKIN SPICE SECRETS, PEPPERMINT COCOA CRUSHES, and SALTED CARAMEL DREAMS
Stacia Deutsch has written more than two hundred children's books. She started her career with the award winning chapter book series, Blast to the Past, and her resume includes Nancy Drew and Boxcar Children mysteries as well as junior movie tie-in novels for summer blockbuster films such as Ghostbusters and The Smurfs.
Look soon for SPIRIT RIDING FREE (LUCKY’S DIARY) -- now a NETFLIX original series -- and additional titles to come in the series for Little, Brown / Dreamworks.
Upcoming: the movie novelization of HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA #3 (Simon Spotlight; Sony), as well.
Even more CONGRATS:
With support from the
Harold Grinspoon Foundation,
PJ Library and PJ Our Way
are sending Deutsch, along with 19 other authors, on an all expense-paid trip to Israel. The Author Israel Adventure experience was put into place to help inspire authors to bring Israel and Jewish ideas to their writing.
Tamar Mays/ Harper Collins (c)
Dow Phumiruk (also above)
2017 Narrative Art Award
at SCBWI NYC.
Dinner pals: Dow Phumiruk,
Alma Fullerton, Jim Averbeck, Denise Deegan
and special friends.
The team at Bloomsbury
Naomi Kinsman and DW about to meet up with
publisher Daniel Nayeri.
and congratulate him on his
new imprint at Macmillan!
VP and Publisher,
Viking Children's, with the upcoming Anna Dewdney book:
LOVES TO READ.
Jill Santopolo, Editorial Director,
Dow Phumiruk, and DW
Dianne Hess, Executive Editor,
Tracy Gates, Editorial Director,
Nancy Paulsen (c.)
Nancy Paulsen Books/ Penguin
DW, Chris Gorman
with his upcoming
ONE OF A KIND
and Lily Yengle /Publicity
Many music fans know Chris Gorman as the rock-star drummer from the Grammy-nominated band Belly (and before that, Verbal Assault). With the release of the highly praised INDI SURFS – and now ONE OF A KIND – Gorman has a new role as a children’s book writer & illustrator. And he’s back on the music scene, as well! Look for the Belly tour starting this May, in conjunction with the launch of his new book, a fresh take on the challenges of being different.
Alison Weiss, Editor,
Sky Pony Press
Alma Fullerton, Naomi Kinsman
Welcome new client
(photo w/ her critique group.)
Llama Llama attended the
Celebration of Anna Dewdney
at Brooks Memorial Library in
Patricia Newman, Henry Herz, Erin Dealey,
and Gayle Pitman,
on faculty at the CSLA conference near Yosemite.
Gianna Marino at her launch for IF I HAD A HORSE
We got to watch LIVE as Patricia Newman received Sibert Honors
at #alayma for SEA OTTER HEROES!
(Millbrook/ Lerner; photos by Annie Crawley)
Newman and Crawley signed books at the Lerner booth during the week at #alamw Denver.
Advance quote for Patricia Newman’s NEEMA’S REASON TO SMILE, illustrated by Mehrdohkt Amini:
You will never know the potential of any child, youth and adult until that person is given an opportunity to acquire education. When you don't educate the people, you're crippling them, you are not giving them ways to fend for themselves. NEEMA'S REASON TO SMILE reinforces how education creates conscious awakening for peace to happen in ourselves and around us. -- Emmanuel Jal; Peace activist, musician, former child soldier, actor and entrepreneur
And Llook who's at the Winter Olympics!
Photo by NBC cameraman Nefty Gonzalez, who brought his daughter's Llama Llama to PyeongChang!
Calida Rawles attended the unveiling of the portraits of President Obama and Michelle Obama!
(See tweet below.)
Anna Dewdney's LLAMA LLAMA RED PAJAMA is featured in Brightly's
18 AMAZING PICTURE BOOKS YOU WON'T MIND READING OVER AND OVER AGAIN
and LITTLE EXCAVATOR is one of ABCs Best Books for Young Readers,
along with Kwame Alexander's OUT OF WONDER and THE PLAYBOOK.
“If I had a horse, we would be brave together.”
Gianna Marino's IF I HAD A HORSE
Seven Impossible Things...
IF I HAD A HORSE is an Amazon Book of the Month.
and Marino's TWO TALL HOUSES is on the B&N Kids Blog:
5 Picture Books that Ask Existential Questions
Feliz Cumpleaños a Antoinette Portis' NO ES UNA CAJA
Lectorum Español edition of the NYT Bestselling
NOT A BOX (Harper Collins)
a NYT Best Illustrated Book and
a 2007 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Book
NOT A BOX was listed in SLJ's Top 100 Picture Books
#20/. PETE THE CAT: I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES
#44: LITTLE MOUSE, THE RED-RIPE STRAWBERRY, AND THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR
#64: KING BIDGOOD'S IN THE BATHTUB (Audrey Wood & Don Wood)
#95: THE KISSING HAND (Illus. by Ruth Harper)
Andrew Myer answers the National Writing Project prompt: Why I Write
YO SOY MUSLIM (M.Gonzalez/ Salaam Reads S&S/ illustrated by Merdohkt Amini,
is on Los Angeles Public Library's Best of 2017 list, and
included in Betsy Bird's 31 Days 31 --2017 Picture Books along with
CHICKEN IN THE KITCHEN (Illus. by Amini) and
WHEN THE RAIN COMES (Alma Fullerton)
Author Eric Walters launched FROM THE HEART OF AFRICA; A BOOK OF WISDOM (Tundra Books), with an illustration by Thomas Gonzalez, at a primary school in Kenya.
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