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    Student & Alumni Book Publications in
    Children's and Young Adults Literature

    Our students and alumni do more than hone their craft
    they get their work published. Many of the projects that students work on while they are enrolled in the Creative Writing Programs become successful books. These works catch the attention of publishers and critics alike, earning awards and gaining literary recognition. See a list of book publications by MFA and MALS students and alumni in literature for adults.


    Sarah Ahiers (MFAC '16)

    Assassin's Heart (YA novel)
    HarperTeen, 2016

    Megan Atwood, MFAC '09
    The Paranormalists (novel series)
    Darby Creek Publishers, 2012

    Last Desserts
    Darby Creek Publishers, 2011

    Connor and Clara Build a Concrete Poem (poetry builders)
    Norwood House Press, 2011

    J.J. Austrian, MFAC '14
    Worm Loves Worm
    Balzer & Bray, 2016

    Cheryl Bardoe, MFAC '10
    The Ugly Duckling Dinosaur (picture book)
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2011

    Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age (picture book)
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010

    Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas
    (picture book),
    Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2006

    Georgia Beaverson (as Aiden Beaverson), MFAC '12
    The Hidden Arrow of Maether
    Delacorte, 2000

    Jane Bedell (as J.M. Bedell), MFA '06
    Hildur, Queen of the Elves
    Interlink Publishing, 2006

    Finding Courage: History's Young Heroes and Their Amazing Deeds
    Beyond Words Press, 2004

    Eileen Beha, MFA '07
    The Secrets of Eastcliff-by-the-Sea: The Story of Annaliese Easterling &Throckmorton, Her Simply Remarkable Sock Monkey
    Beach Lane Books, 2014

    Tango: The Tale of an Island Dog
    (middle grade novel)
    Bloomsbury USA Children's, 2009

    Molly Burnham, MFAC '10
    Teddy Mars: Almost a World Record Breaker (middle-grad novel, 3-book deal)
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2015

    Teddy Mars: Almost a Winner (Book #2)
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2016

    Miriam Busch, MFAC '14
    Raisin, the Littlest Cow (illustrated by Larry Day)
    Balzer & Bray, Winter 2017

    Lion, Lion (picture book)
    Bray/HarperCollins, 2014

    Storms! (early reader)
    National Geographic, 2009

    Sherryl Clark, MFAC '13

    Dying to Tell Me (novel)
    Kane/Miller, 2011

    Bone Song (Cutting Edge series)
    Ransom Publishing, 2009

    ... and more than 50 books for children and young adults

    Judy Dodge Cummings, MFAC '12
    The American Revolution: Experience the Battle for Independence
    Nomad Press, 2015

    Self-Injury: The Ultimate Teen Guide
    Rowan & Littlefield, 2015

    Human Migration: Investigate the Global Journey of Humankind
    Nomad Press, 2016

    Deborah Davis, MFAC '12
    Not Like You
    Clarion, 2007

    You Look Too Young to be a Mom: Teen Mothers Speak Out on Love, Learning, and Success
    Perigree, 2004

    My Brother Has AIDS
    A Jean Karl Book, Atheneum, 1994

    The Secret of the Seal
    Crown Publishers, 1989

    Jill Davis, MFAC '12
    Orangutans Are Ticklish (picture book)
    Schwartz & Wade, 2010

    The First Rule of Little Brothers (picture book)
    Knopf, 2008

    Loretta Ellsworth, MFAC '09
    Unforgettable (novel)
    Walker Books for Young Readers, 2011

    In a Heartbeat (novel)
    Walker & Company/Macmillan, 2010

    In Search of Mockingbird
    Henry Holt, 2007

    The Shrouding Woman
    Henry Holt, 2002

    Brian Farrey, MFA '08
    The Vengekeep Prophecies(novel series)
    HarperCollins, 2012

    With or Without You (novel)
    Simon Pulse, 2011

    Elizabeth Fixmer, MFAC '09
    Down From the Mountain
    AW Teen, 2015

    Saint Training (middle grade novel)
    ZonderKidz, 2010

    Rebecca Grabill, MFAC
    Halloween Goodnight
    forthcoming from Atheneum, 2017

    Dianne Gray, MALS '96
    Tomorrow, the River (novel)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2006

    Together Apart (novel)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2003

    Holding Up the Earth
    Houghton Mifflin, 2001

    Molly Beth Griffin, MFAC '09
    Rhoda's Rock Hunt (picture book)
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

    Silhouette of a Sparrow (novel)
    Milkweed, 2012

    Loon Baby
    (picture book)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2011

    Christine Heppermann, MFAC '10
    Backyard Witch #1, Sadie's Story
    Greenwillow Press, 2015

    Poisoned Apples (YA poetry collection)
    Greenwillow Press, 2014

    City Chickens
    Houghton Mifflin, 2012

    Geoff Herbach, MFA '06
    Fatboy vs. the Cheerleaders (novel)
    Sourcebooks Fire, 2014

    I'm with Stupid (novel)
    Sourcebooks Fire, 2013

    Nothing Special (novel)
    Sourcebooks, 2012

    Stupid Fast
    Sourcebooks, 2011

    Barbara Herkert, MFAC '09
    Mary Cassatt: Extraordinary Impressionist Painter
    Henry Holt and Co., 2015

    Sewing Stories: Harriet Powers' Journey from Slave to Artist
    Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2015

    Melanie Heuiser Hill, MFAC '13
    Giant Pumpkin Suite
    Candlewick Press, 2017

    Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock, MFAC '12
    The Smell of Other People's Houses
    Wendy Lamb Books, 2016

    Jamie Kallio, MFAC '11
    The Mayflower Compact (Foundations of Our Nation)
    Abdo Publishing Company, 2013

    Read On: Speculative Fiction for Teens
    Libraries Unlimited, 2012

    Bill Kennedy, MFAC '09
    Tramp: A T.K. and Associates Detective Story
    North Star Press, 2014

    Akmed Kahlifa, MFA '14
    Lil' Spooney, Silverware That Decides To Grow Hair
    Authorhouse Books, 2015

    The Camel's Shadow Has Four Humps: African Myth, Urban Mystery
    iUniverse, 2012

    Naomi Kinsman, MFAC '11
    Brilliant Hues (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2012

    Waves of Light
    (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2012

    Flickering Hope (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2011

    Shades of Truth
    (novel series)
    Zonderkidz, 2011

    Nancy Loewen, MFA 07
    The Last Day of Kindergarten (picture book)
    Marshall Cavendish, 2011

    Four to the Pole! (with Ann Bancroft)
    Linnet, 2001

    ... and nearly 100 other books for children

    Ann H. Matzke, MFAC '09
    Can You Guess? (picture book)
    Rourke, 2010

    Plus 1, Minus 1 (picture book)
    Rourke, 2010

    Tracy Nelson Maurer, MFAC '09
    Noah Webster's Fighting Words
    forthcoming from Scholastic

    Storm Codes (picture book)
    Windward, 2007

    ... nearly 100 books for children and young adults

    Debra McArthur, MFAC '10
    A Voice for Kanzas (middle-grade novel)
    Kane/Miller, 2012

    Cheryl Minnema, MFAC '15
    Hungry Johnny (picture book)
    Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014

    Gary Metivier, MFAC '14
    Until Daddy Comes Home
    Pelican Publications, 2014

    Saluting Grandpa (picture book)
    Pelican Publications, 2012

    Willie's Wagon Series (early reader)
    Wild Horses Publication

    Diane Mullen, MFAC '09
    Tagged (YA novel)
    Charlesbridge, 2015

    Peter Pearson, MFAC '12
    How to Eat an Airplane
    Katherine Tegen Books, 2016

    Melissa Savage, MFAC '13
    Lemons (middle-grade novel)
    Crown Children's Books, forthcoming Summer 2017

    Greys (middle-grade novel)
    Crown Children's Books, forthcoming Summer 2017

    Anne Tews Schwab, MFAC
    Capsized: A Novel in Poems
    Polaris Publications, 2013

    Derek E. Sullivan, MFA '11
    BIGGIE, Albert Whitman Teen, 2015

    Jamie A. Swenson, MFAC '09
    Big Rig
    Disney Hyperion, 2014

    If You Were a Dog
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014

    Boom! Boom! Boom!
    Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013

    Elizabeth Verdick, MFAC '13
    Peep Leap (picture book)
    Two Lions, 2013

    Tamera Will Wissinger, MFAC '09
    This Old Band
    Sky Pony Press, 2014

    Gone Fishing: A Novel In Verse

    Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2013

    Joan M. Wolf, MFA '01

    Someone Named Eva (novel)
    Clarion, 2007

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    Christine Heppermann (MFAC ’10) explores the complexities of being a teenager in her latest young adult novel, Ask Me How I Got Here. The novel in verse is being released May 3rd by Greenwillow Books.

    Gretchen Marquette’s (MFA ’12 & adjunct CWP faculty) debut poetry collection, May Day, is being released May 3rd by Graywolf Press. “An emotionally resonant debut collection by an extraordinary new poet.”

    For author J.J. Austrian MFAC '14, his message to his young readers is simple: you love who you love, and there's nothing wrong with that.

    Transitioning from planning for elephant migrations to a writing career might be challenging, but that’s exactly what Miriam Busch MFAC '14 managed to do.

    April Vinding (MFA '05), is celebrating the release of her new spiritual memoir, Triptych, published this month by Wipf and Stock. The release party is April 23 at 7 p.m. at Art House North.