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Almost anyone can be an author;
the business is to collect money and fame from this state of being.
~ A.A. Milne



Katie Speck and Maybelle continue to make big splashes! Recorded Books has bought the audio rights to both Maybelle in the Soup (Henry Holt Co., October 2007) and Maybelle Goes to Tea (Henry Holt Co., August 2008), the second Maybelle tale by Katie. In the Soup will be out in July 2008 and Goes to Tea will be released in October 2008. Maybelle Goes to Tea was named a Junior Library Guild selection. Instructor, a Scholastic publication for teachers, listed Maybelle in the Soup as one of six best books for young readers. Her fellow picks include authors Kate DiCamillo, Caroline Arnold, Monica Bang-Campbell, Wong Herbert Yee and Judy Blume

Johanna Anderton's book about Loula Long Combs , which she co-wrote and illustrated for the Kansas City Museum/Union Station Kansas City, Inc., is available at the Union Station bookstore now. Johana created a paper doll and wardrobe based on the Museum's collection of Combs' clothing, accessories, and family photos.
Cricket Magazine recently accepted Charlotte Adelsperger's historical article about the 1956 sinking of the Andrea Doria passenger ship.

Members' Books Available Now!
Snatch them up where you can!
Run out and buy Maybelle in the Soup by Katie Speck, illustrated by Paul Ratz de Tagyos (Henry Holt & Co.) released September 2007. Congratulations, Katie, on receiving a starred review in Kirkus! The second Maybelle book, Maybelle Goes to Tea, will be released August 2008.
Susan Kneib Schank's first picture book, Tera's Dawn, published by Purple Sky Publishing, was released in October 2007. Autographed copies are available now at www.purpleskypublishing.com.
Arthur A. Levine Books released Elizabeth C. Bunce's haunting A Curse Dark as Gold in March 2008 to great buzz.

Christine Taylor-Butler's True-Book series on American History was released by Scholastic in September 2007.  Titles include: The Presidency, The Congress, The Supreme Court, The Constitution, The Bill of Rights and Explorers of North America.  Also, watch for her titles on Health and the Human Body to be released in March 2008.
Molly O'Malley and the Leprechaun by Duane Porter is now available! The Jackson County Examiner featured an article about Molly on December 7. Find out more at buriedtreasurepublishing.com.

Contests and Awards:

Congratulations to Susan Schank for placing second in the Half Price Books Bedtimetime Story contest with her story poem "Grow a Story." Twenty winners will have their works published in the Say Goodnight to Illiteracy Bedtime Story Book. 

At a Newsstand Near You:

Susan Kneib Schank's poem "Wild Ride" is in the January 2008 issue of Highlights and on their Website as a read-aloud. The magazine recently bought two games from Susan, and Highlights High Five printed her poem "Goldfish Town" on a two-page spread in the May 2007 issue. 
Lisa Wade McCormick's article "The Gift of Giving" appears in the December 2007/January 2008 Dogs for Kids. It features kids from across the country who asked family and friends to donate to animal organizations instead of giving them Christmas or birthday presents. Find out more here.
Charlotte Adelsperger interview of best-selling mystery author Carol Higgins Clark appeared in the fall issue of Great Mystery and Suspense Magazine, read by teens and adults. Carol is daughter of the "Queen of Suspense," Mary Higgins Clark. You can find the article here: www.greatmysteryandsuspense.com

Christine Taylor-Butler's stories appear in the new 2008 parent guide for Read and Rise Magazine, a publication produced by Scholastic Magazine.

Her book: Sacred Mountain: Everest was released in Spring 2009.  Kirkus Reviews said " . . . For young armchair travelers who may make the climb someday, this mixture of science, geography, culture and the original extreme sport is irresistible."