Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Choking Game the film based on Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE premieres this Saturday!

The World Premiere of The Choking Game, a film based on Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE, is set to air this Saturday, July 26 at 8/7c on Lifetime Movie Network. Click here to watch the Trailer:

The Choking Game Movie Picture -- Nina and Taryn
Director Lane Shefter Bishop was featured on CNN and actress Peri Gilpin on "Good Day LA" today. An important discussion by Christine Louise Hohlbaum on Psychology Today, "The Choking Game Is Not Just a Movie" includes some important information for parents:
  • 1 in 16 kids surveyed in Oregon have tried The Choking Game 
  • The CDC estimates that 800 to 1,000 children between the ages of 10 through 19 die every year from playing the choking game. 
  • 86 percent of parents report not having known about the game prior to their child's involvement
  • 74 percent of fatalities caused by the game occur with an adult in the vicinity

Tune in this Saturday and check local listings on Lifetime Movie Network for additional showings in the coming weeks. Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE, published by Scholastic in 2012, is available wherever books are sold.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Katheryn Russell-Brown's Debut Picture Book Receives Stellar Reviews!

Reviewers are cheering for debut children's author Russell-Brown's upcoming picture book, LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE (Lee & Low, August 26, 2014):

--> "Russell-Brown’s debut text has an innate musicality, mixing judicious use of onomatopoeia with often sonorous prose."—Kikus, STARRED REVIEW 

--> "Staccato rhythms pepper the fluid prose"—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

--> An excellent match of breezy text and dynamic illustrations tells an exhilarating story...Russell Brown's text engages the senses—School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
About the Book: 

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.

About the Author: 
Katheryn Russell-Brown is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida. She grew up in a family of music lovers, where jazz was an integral part of the sounds of daily life. A radio broadcast in 2008 about Liston inspired Russell-Brown to research the musician and eventually to write Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, her first picture book. Russell-Brown lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and their two children. Visit her online at  

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

SCBWI Featured Illustrator of the Month Susie Ghahremani!

So excited to share the news that Susie Ghahremani has been selected as the SCBWI Featured Illustrator this month!

Susie is the Ilustrator of her debut picture book written by Jennifer Ward, WHAT WILL HATCH? and the wildly popular parenting book written by Jennifer Ward, I LOVE DIRT!, among others. She also designs and develops a whimsically illustrated stationery and gift brand, Boygirlparty, with more than 300 gift products, and is ranked among the 25 bestsellers in Art on Susie is also one of the featured artists in Lisa Congdon's ART INC: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, coming from Chonicle Books in August.

And along with this news, I'm excited to announce that we've signed Susie to officially work with the agency after years of friendship and admiration of her work. Susie designed our Full Circle Literary logo years ago---we're so thrilled and honored to work with her on new children's books she both writes and illustrates + other exciting projects to come!

Susie will be a featured artist at ART EXPO SD this weekend at San Diego's COMIC-CON. You can see Susie's work at the SCBWI Featured Illustrator page here and on her website Welcome and congratulations on all, Susie!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Writer's Digest July Boot Camp with Full Circle Literary

If you're writing for children -- picture books, middle grade, young adult & anything in between -- don't miss the Writer's Digest Boot Camp online course which begins next week July 15-18, 2014. Full Circle Literary agents will be teaching webinars, interacting one-on-one with authors via chatrooms, and giving critiques to each and every attendee! Click here to register now.

How to Write & Sell Great Children's Books: From Toddler to Teen Boot Camp
Course Id: 1501-45
Course Start Date: 07-15-2014- Course End Date: 07-18-2014
Instructor: Stefanie von Borstel, Adriana Dominguez, and Taylor Martindale

Boot Camp Description

The world of children's books has seen more growth in the last ten years than any other category in the publishing industry. Countless articles and op-eds have analyzed the booming success of now-iconic series like Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Divergent series, and Pinkalicious books. But while critics are debating the triumph of a particular series, readers – both children and adults – are clamoring for more books that will enchant and entertain them.

But in such a competitive market, how do you make your book stand out as a quality submission? How do you walk the fine line between capturing the attention (and purchasing power) of both child and adult reader? In this Writer's Digest Boot Camp, the agents of Full Circle Literary will teach you:
  • The key elements to writing a successful children's book, be that a picture book, young adult novel, or middle grade story
  • The pitfalls to avoid when writing for kids – whether toddlers or teens
  • What agents and publishers look for in submissions
  • How to make your opening pages shine
You are the new generation of authors, creating that next iconic book as we speak. Let's get to work.

Cover Reveal: Penny Warner's THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB gets an exciting new look!

Thrilled to share the new covers for Agatha Award Winner Penny Warner's award-winning THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB series. The paperback edition of Book #3 and hardcover edition of Book #4 THE MUMMY'S CURSE will release this fall from Egmont USA. Visit THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB website for teacher activity guide and free downloads.

Latest deal news for the series also just announced!

Agatha Award Winner Penny Warner's book #5 and book #6 in THE CODE BUSTERS CLUB, an interactive secret code mystery series that invites middle grade readers to solve codes along with four young sleuths, to Alison Weiss at Egmont, by Stefanie Von Borstel at Full Circle Literary. Rights to Media Factory in Japan, Arkadus in Turkey, and Brinque in Brazil.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Highlights from the ALA Conference!

Happy summer! I'm happy to share a few highlights from the ALA Conference in Las Vegas --- it was a bit of a strange place to celebrate children's books and libraries. Once past all of the slot machines and noise, it was good to visit with book lovers and get to celebrate with Rafael López (and his wife Candice) and Angela Cervantes.

I was especially honored to be part of the Pura Belpre celebration --- such inspiring writers and ilustrators honored for their work this year. Sharing a link to Rafael Lopez's blog post for a creative look at the conference. Enjoy!

Celebrating Pura Belpre Honor for TITO PUENTE! Rafael López with Stefanie Von Borstel (l) and Rosemary Brosnan from HarperCollins  (r).

Celebrating International Latino Book Award Angela Cervantes author of GABY LOST AND FOUND with Antonio Gonzalez from Scholastic.


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