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Class of 2k10: Who Are We, Anyway?

With our grad party to honor the Class of 2k9, and then our first official launch on December 22nd (Yay, Alex!), we haven't had a chance to formally introduce ourselves until now.

The Class of 2k10 is a group of twenty-three 2010 debut authors who have banded together for co-promotion and community. We come from a long line of successful 2k authors. Greg Fishbone created the first class in 2007, and since then the groups have seen many award winning and bestselling authors, including Jay Asher, Brooke Taylor, Cassandra Clare, Rosemary Clement-Moore, and Melissa Marr.

We're all very excited for the upcoming year. Community watchers are welcome! Our members include:

Alexandra Diaz, author of OF ALL THE STUPID THINGS (Egmont US, December 22, 2009). Young adult, contemporary. Tara, Whitney Blaire, and Pinkie were the best of friends—until the new girl Riley came to town and changed all the rules.

Bonnie J. Doerr, author of ISLAND STING (Leap Books, January 6, 2010). Young adult, ecological mystery. Kenzie didn't expect her first summer in the Florida Keys to be murder. Cute guys, awesome boats, endangered species, gun-toting thugs ... in Angelo's up and down world, Kenzie needed a life jacket and Dramamine.

Jennifer R. Hubbard, author of THE SECRET YEAR (Viking, January 7). Young adult, contemporary. After his secret girlfriend’s death, seventeen-year-old Colt finds the notebook she left behind, but he is unprepared for the truths he discovers about their intense relationship.

Irene Latham, author of LEAVING GEE'S BEND (G.P. Putnam's Sons, January 7). Middle grade, historical. A 10-year-old girl during the Great Depression sets out to save her sick mother and records her adventures in quilt pieces.

Kitty Keswick, author of FREAKSVILLE (Leap Books, January 8). Young adult, paranormal. A group of teenagers are trapped in a haunted theater on the night of a full moon.

Mara Purnhagen, author of TAGGED (Harlequin Teen, March 1). Young adult. Kate Morgan investigates vandalism and finds the trail leading to someone she knows.

Swati Avasthi, author of SPLIT (Knopf, March 9). Young adult, contemporary. Sixteen-year-old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother, Christian, with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.

Jacqueline Houtman, author of THE REINVENTION OF EDISON THOMAS (Front Street, March 15). Middle grade, contemporary. Science geek Eddy Thomas can invent useful devices to do anything, except solve his bully problem.

Judith Graves, author of UNDER MY SKIN (Leap Books, March 27). Young adult, paranormal. When invading paranorms threaten her new home town, Eryn must choose between following Council orders to avoid paranorms at all costs, and joining forces with a young crew of hunters who must never know how she struggles to control the beast under her skin.

Rhonda Hayter, author of THE WITCHY WORRIES OF ABBIE ADAMS (Dial, April 1). Middle grade. Abbie Adams has to balance witchy and human life as she maneuvers her way through difficulties that any eleven-year old might face, while grappling with magical complications.

Jame Richards, author of THREE RIVERS RISING (Knopf, April 13). Young adult, historical. Celestia, daughter of a Pittsburgh steel tycoon, begins a forbidden romance with Peter, the hired boy at the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club where the dam breaks and the reservoir floods the valley below including the city of Johnstown, Peter’s home.

Tom Leveen, author of PARTY (Random House, April 27). Young adult, contemporary. Dovetailing perspectives unite eleven wildly different students at a graduation party in Santa Barbara in ways they never expected.

Leah Cypess, author of MISTWOOD (Greenwillow/HarperCollins, April 27). Young adult, fantasy. When an ancient shapeshifter is trapped in the body of a human girl, her quest to find out what went wrong draws her into a web of intrigue, betrayal, and conflicted loyalties… and leads her to the one question she hasn't faced in a thousand years: where does she come from, and what does she really want?

Shari Maurer, author of CHANGE OF HEART (WestSide, April). Young adult, contemporary. Emmi, a sixteen-year-old champion soccer player, struggles to maintain a normal life while she waits for a heart transplant and learns the truth about love, loss and the meaning of true friendship.

Janet Fox, author of FAITHFUL (Speak, May 13). Young adult, historical. FAITHFUL, the story of 16-year old Maggie Bennet, is a tale of romance and mystery set in 1904 in spectacular Yellowstone National Park.

Jeri Smith-Ready, author of SHADE (Simon Pulse, May 4). Young adult, paranormal. Aura Salvatore is a 16 year-old girl on a quest to uncover why everyone her age and younger can see ghosts, while coping with her boyfriend's own death and ghosthood.

Kristina McBride, author of THE TENSION OF OPPOSITES (Egmont USA, May 25). Young adult, contemporary, psychological thriller. Sixteen-year-old Tessa McMullen struggles to regain her best friendship with Noelle, a broken and self-destructive girl who has just returned from a two-year abduction.

Shannon Delany, author of 13 TO LIFE (St. Martin’s Griffin, June 22). Young adult, fantasy. A tale of teenage love, loss and—-oh, yeah—-werewolves.

N. H. Senzai, author of SHOOTING KABUL (Simon & Schuster, June 22). Middle grade. While Fadi escapes Afghanistan in early 2001, his younger sister is accidentally left behind. As a refugee in California post-9/11, he must find her, no matter what it takes.

Michele Corriel, author of FAIRVIEW FELINES: A NEWSPAPER MYSTERY (Blooming Tree/Tire Swing Press, June). Middle grade, mystery. Thomas Weston wants to start a school newspaper, but first he has to prove he has what it takes--which means solving the mystery of all the missing cats in Fairview.

Denise Jaden, author of LOSING FAITH (Simon Pulse, September 7). Young adult, contemporary.
In this lyrical, emotionally intense debut, a teenager encounters more questions than closure while mourning the death of her sister.

Laura L. Sullivan, author of UNDER THE GREEN HILL (Henry Holt, Fall). Middle grade, fantasy.
When six American children are sent to England to escape a plague, they find themselves plunged in the middle of a fairy war.

Laura Quimby, author of THE CARNIVAL OF LOST SOULS (Amulet, Fall). Middle grade, adventure. Handcuffs, straightjackets, evil magician, underworld labyrinth: no problem for The Handcuff Kid!

That's who we are and we look forward to sharing more about our books and our journeys in the coming months. If you have a question for us, please feel free to leave it in the comments, as we plan to have an upcoming "You Asked" feature on our blog.

Please watch in the coming weeks (click on "Watch this community" above) as several of our members will be launching their books and offering special launch day posts!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 29th, 2009 07:25 pm (UTC)
Wow, the books look great!
I can't wait to read these. Congrats!

I have one coming out from Harlequin Teen in July. It's gonna be a good year!
Dec. 29th, 2009 08:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Wow, the books look great!
Thanks so much! And all the best with your release too.
Dec. 30th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
So many great books to look forward to! I didn't hear about the classes until toward the end of 2008, but I have loved every single book that I have read from the classes! I can already tell that I will enjoy Class of 2k10s books!
Dec. 30th, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
You're one step ahead of me - I hadn't heard about the Classes until I joined them! But now I too am amazed at all the great books from all the classes. Thanks so much for stopping by to comment!
Dec. 30th, 2009 09:28 pm (UTC)
So excited to watch you and your books as the year progresses. Best wishes for a fabulous debut year.
Dec. 30th, 2009 10:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!
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