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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. 


     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

    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

    "Ghost Catcher" short story
    Haunted Anthology, Flames Rising 2011

    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

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

    Molly Burnham, MFAC '10

    Tent Boy (middle-grad novel, part of a three-book deal)
    Forthcoming from Katherine Tegan Books

    Miriam Busch Goin, MFAC (current)

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

    Storms! (early reader)
    National Geographic, 2009

    Sherryl Clark, MFAC (current)

    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

    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
    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

    Saint Training (middle grade novel)
    ZonderKidz, 2010

    Dianne Gray, MALS '96

    Tomorrow, the River (novel)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2006,

    Together Apart
    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
    Milkweed, 2012

    Loon Baby
    (picture book)
    Houghton Mifflin, 2011

    Christine Heppermann, MFAC '10

    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

    Glimpses of Life: The Story of Mary Cassatt(picture book biography)
    Forthcoming from Christy Ottaviano Books

    Sewing Stories: The Life of Harriet Powers (picture book biography)
    Forthcoming from Knopf Children's

    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

    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

    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

    Pieces of a Wreck (YA novel)
    Forthcoming from Charlesbridge

    Peter Pearson, MFAC '12

    How to Eat an Airplane
    forthcoming from Katherine Tegen Books

    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

    If You Were a Dog
    (picture book forthcoming from Farrar Straus and Giroux)

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

    Elizabeth Verdick, MFAC (current)

    Peep Leap (picture book)
    Amazon Children's Publishing

    Tamera Will Wissinger, MFAC '09

    This Old Band
    fSky 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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  • Breaking BOOK Publication News: Children's & YA LIT

    Sarah Ahiers (current MFAC) sold her debut YA fantasy All That Remains, and one other book, to HarperTeen. Publication is scheduled for Fall 2015.

    Brian Farrey (MFA '08) sold his standalone middle grade novel, The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse, plus one other boor, to Algonquin Young Readers.

    Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock's (MFAC '12) debut novel, The Smell of Other People's Houses, a collection of stories about a group of young Alaskans navigating adolescence in a uniquely hostile environment (and part of her MFAC thesis), will be published by Wendy Lamb at Random House Children's Books.

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    Creative Writing Programs Director Mary Rockcastle wins Kay Sexton Award which recognizes individuals who have shown dedication and work in fostering books, reading, and literary activity.

    Acclaimed authors of literature for young people will offer free, public readings as part of the January residency for Hamline's Master in Fine Arts for Children and Young Adults.

    Hamline students and alumni bring writing classes and a sense of hope to inmates through the Minnesota Prison Writing Workshop.

    Professor & English Department Chair Kristina Deffenbacher and Associate Provost Mike Reynolds explain why they think The Hunger Games has become such a cultural phenomenon.