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Thrilled to announce that LIFEBOAT 12, my debut middle grade novel about a true but little-known WWII event, just won the SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction. (See below for photos of the awards gala.) In a *STARRED* review, SLJ says, "This stirring novel-in-verse based on a true story is an edge-of-your-seat survival tale, an extensively researched work of historical fiction, and an exemplar of the form." The Nerdy Book Club called it one of the best novels in verse of the year! 

 

Also new is SHAKING THINGS UP: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World. Take a look at my interview with Mr. Schu and the book trailer here.

  

 

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REVIEWS AND INTERVIEWS

Loved talking with bloggers over the past few months. Here's a tip of the hat to them for all they do to connect kids and books!

 

First up, thanks to the wonderful Alyson Beecher for her interesting interview questions on Kid Lit Frenzy. Check out our Q & A here

 

And many thanks to the bloggers below for these marvelous reviews! (Click on the links to see the full reviews.) 

 

About ADA'S VIOLIN

 

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"With each reading the richness of Susan Hood's use of language increases in this nonfiction narrative. Research and interviews revealed personal and specific details which she includes in her concert of words; quotations, spoken Spanish and the insertion of sound effects adding to the authenticity. Hood clearly represents the physical living conditions of life in Cateura but also describes the generosity of spirit found in the people highlighted in this title. ... The design in a word is stunning.  The blend of textures, images, light and shadows and individual items literally takes your breath away."  ...one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2016.  —Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest

 

"with practice, hard work, determination, and pride, they go farther beyond their wildest dreams ever imagined. Susan Hood tells their story wonderfully, coupled with Sally Wern Comport’s illustrations. You'll want a copy of your own." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading

 

"A must-purchase book for all ages." —Proseandkahn

 

"This picture book is a celebration of the way that hope can change lives, and it is sure to inspire young readers to believe in their own dreams no matter now impossible they may seem." —Mackin Books in Bloom

 

"Families live in poverty all over the world. The story, Ada's Violin, allows readres to empathize with their lives and witness their fight against such undesirable conditions. In this story, we are witness to the power of courage, community, and creativity to overcome insurmountable odds."  —Keila Dawson, Perfect Picture Book Friday

 

"I love stories like this one because they remind me that no matter how ugly the world can get, there is still hope. A beautifully told, truly inspiring true story about the impact that one person or small group of people can have on the world around them." —Geo Librarian

 

About LEAPS AND BOUNCE

 

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"... you will be smiling from beginning to end. The words and pictures are full of a zest for growing and living. I have not had quite this much fun reading about frogs since I first read Tuesday by David Wiesner." — Margie Myers, Librarian's Quest

 

"The theme of embracing and celebrating change was prevalent through the text and art of this book. Children face many changes and challenges as they grow up, and we can either teach them to embrace it, or run away from it. This book encourages readers to fully embrace and jubilate in changes that take place." —Dylan Teut, Mile High Reading

 

"Acclaimed author Susan Hood joyfully explores the developmental amphibian cycle in Leaps and Bounce, a jazzy riff on the "growing by leaps and bounds" adage. The text's rhythm and rhyme brings "bounce" to each page and invites readers to take the next page turn "leap". Award-winning illustrator Matthew Cordell's art perfectly mimics the exhuberant words. Destined to become a can't-miss sure-fire hit!"Reading Style Guide

INTERVIEW AND SNEAK PEEKS FOR THE YEAR AHEAD

Happy to talk with Dylan Teut, Plum Creek Children's Literacy Festival Director, Adjunct Professor of Education at Concordia University, Nebraska, children's book lover and all-around great guy on "Mile High Reading!" See his interview here.

TWO NEW BOOKS

This March, just in time for spring peepers, LEAPS AND BOUNCE hops in from Hyperion with illustrator Matthew Cordell. Matt and I collaborated on ROOTING FOR YOU and I'm excited to be teaming up again. Kirkus called this rhyming read-aloud about frog metamorphosis "a joyful, energetic celebration of growing up."

 

Then in May, Simon and Schuster will be publishing my very first nonfiction picture book. ADA'S VIOLIN tells the true story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay, which was profiled on 60 Minutes and is the subject of the Landfill Harmonic, a documentary whose trailer went viral last year. With gorgeous collage illustrations by Sally Wern Comport, the book will be released in both English and Spanish editions.

 

School Library Journal notes that one in four children in the United States is Hispanic and yet "the Latino market continues to be underrepresented." Muchas gracias, SLJ, for counting ADA'S VIOLIN as one of nine new books deemed "truly worthy and recommended for the shelves of every public and school library."

 

 

 

THE NEWS IS OUT!

Thrilled to share this news as reported by Publishers Weekly.

 

 

WRITER AT WORK

There's a good reason I haven't posted in a long time. For the past few months, I've been working on researching and writing my very first middle grade novel. It's a whole new ballgame for me and I'm loving every minute. More news soon!

ADA'S VIOLIN: The Story of the Recycled Orchestra of Paraguay

 

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The news is out and I can finally talk about the book I've been

working on for the past year! Perhaps you've seen the Recycled

Orchestra on 60 Minutes? Or in the brand-new movie entitled

the Landfill Harmonic? Each chronicles the story of children growing

up on a landfill in Paraguay, one of the poorest slums in all of

South America. One day, an environmental engineer named Favio

Chávez had the ingenious idea of building musical instruments from

the trash. With the help of Nicholás Gómez, they transformed oil drums

into cellos, water pipes into flutes and baking trays into violins! How do

they sound? Just listen!

 

ADA'S VIOLIN, to be published next spring by Simon and Schuster,

tells the story of these amazing kids through the eyes of Ada Ríos,

the young girl who grew up to become a first violinist in the

orchestra, playing to sold-out crowds around the world. Illustrations

by Sally Wern Comport just came in and they're stunning. So

excited about this book!

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