Member News—June 2022

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI 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 email Laura Parnum at epa-ra2@scbwi.org before July 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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

Book Release

Chaos Bound by L. Ryan Storms

YA author L. Ryan Storms has announced that Chaos Bound, the final book in the Tarrowburn Trilogy was released on June 14, 2022. Finally, the Chaos Wielder’s identity has been revealed, but Quinn is gone, and Reina and Alesh have little time to save their world from an eternity of chaos and ruin. The two traverse the Elorin Empire in search of help from the emperor, but instead find assistance in unexpected places. After gaining the trust of a scrappy young girl and the allegiance of a brawny ex-guard with guts and guile, they embark on a haphazard, ever-changing plan, relying on sheer determination and a bit of luck to see them through. Still, not all is as it seems in these lands, and those who die don’t always stay dead. A strange set of circumstances may release Quinn from his bindings and provide him with exactly what’s needed to rid the world of chaos, but his freedom depends on his ability to face the darkest moments of his past. Can he embrace the parts of himself he most despises and reach Reina and Alesh before the looming eclipse . . . or is Liron doomed to fall to darkness? The first book in the series, A Thousand Years to Wait, placed first in YA fiction in the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Awards.


Deal Announcement

Anna Sargeant at Sourcebooks has bought world right for The Reindeer Remainders by Katey Howes, a picture book that showcases STEAM and SEL concepts as reindeer students divide into groups throughout the school day and learn to manage the emotions and logistics of being left out. Marie Hermansson will illustrate. Publication is slated for June 2024.


Cover Reveal

Plátanos Are Love by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris

Picture book author Alyssa Reynoso-Morris revealed the cover for her debut picture book, Plátanos Are Love, which is illustrated by Mariyah Rahman. This is a delicious picture book about the ways plantains shape Latinx culture, community, and family, told through a young girl’s experiences in the kitchen with her abuela. With every pop of the tostones, mash of the mangú, and sizzle of the maduros, a little girl learns that plátanos are her history, they are her culture, and—most importantly—they are love. The book is slated to release in April 2023 and is available for preorder. You can also check out this video showing Alyssa’s joy when she received her F&Gs this week: https://twitter.com/AReynosoMorris/status/1541555687788105729


Cover Reveal and Deal Announcement

Meow! The Truth About Cats by Annette Whipple

Author Annette Whipple recently revealed the cover for the fifth book in her Truth About series, Meow! The Truth About Cats, which is scheduled to release in November 2022 from Reycraft Books. Why do cats have whiskers? How do cats land on their paws? Do people need cats? These and other questions are answered by the author, along with some extra information provided by the cats themselves. The book is available for preorder. Annette is also thrilled to share The Truth About series will continue with books #6 and #7. She recently signed contracts for books about sharks and lizards with Reycraft Books.


If you have good news to share, please send it to epa-ra2@scbwi.org to be included in next month’s Member News column or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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