It's almost hard to imagine winter at the moment, in high summer, but so it goes with publishing—it's amazing that any of us remember what season is being published at the moment, so much do we work in the months and years ahead!
But close your eyes and imagine the fall chill creeping in, imagine the first snowfall of the year, imagine a group of teens working on the glittery Winter Festival in their small town, while navigating blossoming romance, changing friendships, and the class's mean girls.
This is Heather Hepler's newest novel, FROSTED KISSES, which Scholastic will publish in 2016. It's set in the fictional town of Hog's Hollow and features the characters from one of her previous novels, THE CUPCAKE QUEEN. Although all of Heather's novels to this point have been published at Dutton or Dial, Scholastic has done so well with THE CUPCAKE QUEEN in the Clubs and Fairs that they approached her about doing a book together, and that book turned out to be a sequel to THE CUPCAKE QUEEN. I really love the young-love longing in this book; the main character and the boy she likes keep almost-but-not-quite kissing--interrupted over and over again by pets, friends, parents, mishaps, and their own self-doubt. :::happy sigh:::
Jody Corbett at Scholastic brokered the deal for world rights. Congratulations, Heather! It's so happy to have a new Heather Hepler on its way to readers!
"A strike is a strike, a ball is a ball. But what happens when the rules aren't so clear? You may scream at umpires, but you'll cheer and whoop for a kiddo who's trying with all his heart and guts to find a right way." - Gary Schmidt, two-time Newbery Honor winner and National Book Award Finalist. March release.
"Ray’s brief text lyrically sings of the beauties of dance and nature." - Kirkus, Starred Review. May release.