Announcing the 2014 Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic Region: Eastern PA’s own Kit Grindstaff

It is with loads of happy thoughts and bursting enthusiasm to announce the 2014 Crystal Kite Winner for the Atlantic Region…Eastern PA’s own Kit Grindstaff!!!!!!


by Kim Briggs and Donna Boock

In March 2014, Kim interviewed Kit in for our PA Proud Interview Segment. Check it out:

SCBWI provides a number of awards each year to recognize and celebrate the hard work and achievements of their members. The Crystal Kite is a peer-nominated award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world,



Without further ado, here’s Kit’s The Flame in the Mist from the SCBWI Website.

Author: Kit Grindstaff

Publisher: Bantam Delacorte Dell (Random House Children’s Books)

Book Cover


The sun never shines in the land of Anglavia. Its people live within a constant mist created by their rulers, the cruel Agromond family. But things are about to change, for the youngest at Agromond Castle is not like the others…

Fiery-headed Jemma has always felt like the misfit at gloomy Agromond Castle. The night before her thirteenth birthday, she discovers why. She is not who she thinks she is. She has magical powers she knows nothing about—and her life is in danger. With the Agromonds in pursuit, she flees into the Mist.

But escape is just the beginning. Ghosts and outcasts, a pair of crystals and a mysterious book reveal the truth about Jemma’s past, while an ancient prophecy claims she has a dangerous destiny to fulfill—one that the Agromonds are determined to prevent…

With her trusted friend, Digby, and her two telepathic golden rats, Noodle and Pie, Jemma faces human and supernatural enemies. Then, just as the worst seems to be over, the Agromond evil takes a nastier turn. And Jemma, with her emerging powers, might be only hope for a kingdom in peril.

Richly atmospheric, this first novel paints a vivid picture of a heroine strong in her convictions and determination in the face of a centuries-old adversarial power. ~ Booklist

Blogger reviews:

Kit Grindstaff’s debut novel is stunning. Dark, action-packed, with a strong female heroine and intricate, original worldbuilding (wait until you discover the source of the Agromonds’ power), this is the kind of novel fantasy lovers will take to heart. ~ Blogger Joanne
I loved the characters, I think they all had very realistic, well-defined personalities, and it was a great read. ~ 
On Emily’s Bookshelf
…the kind of fantasy that made me want to read fantasy in the first place. ~
Readingful Things
Grindstaff’s writing is crisp and neat and pulls you in to the pages so that you can imagine everything completely – you will not want to put the book down. ~
Reader’s Heartstring
Reader reviews
This is probably the best book I have ever read! It made me laugh and cry and think about a lot of matters that face the world today. ~
Beth Macek
A wonderful read – and one that will have readers hoping for a sequel. ~
Librarian Leslie
If you love fantasy and a strong heroine than please put this on your list! These are the types of books I love to buy for my daughters! A great read with a fantastic main character on a dangerous journey and a superb setting! I wanted more as soon as I was finished. ~
Sunny in DC

Video review by 12-year old:

Here’s the Link again to the SCBWI Website announcing Kit’s Award:

Interested in buying your own copy? Click Here:


Kit will be at one of our upcoming events. Stay tuned for details!

Write on,

Kim Briggs

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