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News & Reviews from the Classof2K10

Four members of the Class of 2K10, Swati Avasthi, Michele Corriel, Janet Fox, and Jacqueline Houtman, will be presenting a panel "From the Authors' Perspective" on October 23 at Kidlit Con in Minneapolis (http://kidlitcon2010.blogspot.com/)

 Mara Purnhagen's second novel, PAST MIDNIGHT, is in stores now! Check out http://marapurn.livejournal.com/ for recent news and reviews (including a new review of TAGGED from the Bookologist). Also, look for special guest posts and giveaways around Halloween, and a BIG announcement coming soon!

 The "Before the Split" blog tour has begun!  Visit www.swatiavasthi.blogspot.com to join the tour, where you can not only read cut scenes, see a photo essay, and win a create your own cover contest, you can also help support the Family Violence Prevention Fund by commenting (Swati will donate $1/comment) or by bidding on an cool, auction items, (like a critique from top agents, authors, and editors or signed copies of books).  Lots of  awesome stuff to chose from and help a worthy cause. Meanwhile, Split continues to get great reviews!  The children's literature book review service calls Split "a compelling read from the first line to the last page...The characters, especially Christian and Jace, are intensely real and defined...an excellent book" and Teens Read Too gave it 5 stars and called a "fabulous first novel."  And, if you want to catch Swati in person, she will be at presenting at kidlitcon on "The Author's Perspective" in Minneapolis with her fellow classmates Michele Corriel, Janet Fox, and Jacqueline Houtman on October 23rd.

Denise Jaden's LOSING FAITH has received some wonderful reviews, including one at Y.A. Love and In Bed With Books. Denise was recently featured in an interview on RT Book Reviews, and will be signing books on October 30th at Uppercase Books in Snohomish, WA, along with four other debut authors. More upcoming signings and events can be found on her website at www.denisejaden.com .

Kristina McBride's debut novel, The Tension of Opposites, has been nominated for YALSA's 2011 Best Fiction for Young Adults list. McBride has also received a blurb from Jay Asher, author of the New York Times bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why. Asher says of The Tension of Opposites, "Tense! The constant push and pull of friendship, pain, love, and jealousy is beautifully drawn. A definite must read."

On Tuesday, September 14th, Judith Graves presented Backstage With A YA Author in conjunction with the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Cold Lake Public Library for Alberta Arts Days, a celebration of culture. She gave a glimpse of what it is like to be a published writer of young adult fiction – and what steps to follow to get there.

Janet Fox (Faithful) will be speaking at Montana’s SCBWI conference in Bozeman on September 25, and at Oklahoma’s Encyclomedia conference, together with 2k10ers Bonnie Doerr and Denise Jaden and 2k9ers Fran Cannon Slayton and Joy Preble, on Thursday, October 7. On October 22 and 23 she’ll join 2k10ers Swati Avasthi, Michele Corriel and Jacqueline Houtman to speak at Kidlitcon in Minneapolis. And on October 29 and 30 she’ll join Michele Corriel once again to appear at the Montana Festival of the Book in Missoula. After that she’ll take a nap.

Jacqueline Houtman was profiled on Cynsations and AuthorsNow! Wisconsin's First Lady, Jessica Doyle has selected THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS as the featured Middle School book for December in Wisconsin's statewide book club, Read On,Wisconsin!

Irene Latham presented Alabama Governor Bob Riley with a copy of LEAVING GEE'S BEND, received a lovely review from Looking for the Write Words  and during the month of October will be presenting at Southern-Breeze SCBWI conference (Birmingham,AL), Auburn Writing Conference (Auburn, AL) and Mississippi Library Association (Vicksburg, MS), Auburn Public Library (Auburn, AL) and signing books at Brooke's Bookstop (McCalla, AL).  See www.irenelatham.com for details