Member News — July 2020

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book–related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please e-mail Laura Parnum at before August 20.

Here’s some exciting news from members in our region this month:

Neva Beane book cover

Author Christine Kendall’s new middle grade novel, The True Definition of Neva Beane (Scholastic, 2020), is set to be released on September 15. Being twelve isn’t easy, especially when you’re Neva Beane. She knows she’s beautiful and smart but there are so many confusing signals in everyday life about, well, everything including the changes taking place in her pre-adolescent body; her relationship with her best friend, Jamila; and her admiration for the activist on the block, Michelle.

Mom and Dad are on tour in Europe and Neva and her brother, Clay, are left at home with their traditional grandparents. The household descends into intergenerational turmoil and Neva is left with what comforts her most—words and their meanings. While the pages of her beloved dictionary reveal truths about what’s happening around her, Neva discovers the best way to define herself.


Author Sue Gagliardi’s Makerspace Cardboard Challenge! book series will be released August 1 from ABDO Publishing’s DiscoverRoo Pop! imprint. Titles include Cardboard Castle ChallengeCardboard Rocket Challenge, and Cardboard Robot Challenge. Readers explore real-world castles, rockets, and robots and discover how the design of each structure helps fulfill its purpose. Readers are challenged to build their own cardboard castle, rocket, and robot models. Features include a table of contents, an infographic, a supply list, Think About It critical thinking questions, Making Connections questions, a glossary, and an index. QR codes in the book give readers access to book-specific resources to further their learning.

If you have good news to share, please send it to to be included in next month’s Member News column.

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1 Response to Member News — July 2020

  1. Wendy says:

    Yay, for good news! Congratulations, Christine and Sue!

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