I’ve got two exciting bits of news to share today. The first is something that I never thought would happen–my book REIGN OF THE FALLEN received a *star* from School Library Journal!!! I can’t even say this is a dream come true, because the possibility of it occurring didn’t enter my mind–needless to say, having my book be recognized in this special way brought me to tears when I heard the news!!! The review will go live on SLJ’s website sometime after December 1st, but I’ve also got permission to share it here:
*MARSH, Sarah Glenn. Reign of the Fallen. 384p. Penguin/Razorbill. Jan. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780448494395.
Gr 7 Up–In the land of Karthia, the dead rarely stay dead, thanks to the highly respected and talented necromancers who are responsible for bringing them back to life. But there are drawbacks. Though the reanimated dead are completely lucid and capable of interacting with the living, they must remain totally shrouded. If any part of their skin is exposed, they immediately turn into mindless Shades who will attack anyone in their way. After many years of successful reanimations, the necromancers are dismayed to discover that the incidences of attacks by Shades is on the rise and it appears to be intentional. Someone may be deliberately destabilizing Karthia’s government by forcibly exposing the reanimated aristocracy. Odessa, a master necromancer, becomes the focal point of the shades’ attacks after the murder of her beloved partner, Evander. Accompanied by his sister Meredy, Odessa ventures into the Deadlands in an attempt to uncover the truth behind the shades and save the kingdom. This is a well-done fantasy that will appeal to adults as well as its intended teen audience. The relationship that slowly develops between Odessa and Meredy is completely realistic. Inspired by her grandmother’s hospitalization and the myth of Orpheus, Marsh has created a compelling novel of death, life, and letting go. VERDICT A strong choice for all YA fantasy shelves.–Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
The second thing I’m thrilled to share is that I have a new picture book deal with Holt/Macmillan! This book documents the story of Alice Ramsey’s historic cross-country drive from New York to San Fransisco (the first all-girl road trip in the US!), in which she was the sole driver, mechanic, and navigator at a time when everything west of the Mississippi River was yet to be mapped. Alice’s adventurous spirit- and her determination to show the world that women are just as capable as men- really resonates with me, and I feel very fortunate that I get to help spread her amazing story.
Check out the deal announcement below:
That’s all for now–I hope everyone who was celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday had a wonderful break!!!