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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 (current MFAC)
    All That Remains
    (YA novel)
    Forthcoming from HarperTeen (fall 2015)

     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

    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

    Teddy Mars #1 (middle-grad novel, part of a three-book deal)
    Katherine Tegan Books, 2015

    Miriam Busch Goin, MFAC '14

    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

    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
    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, 


    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

    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

    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

    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
    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
    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

    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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  • 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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    Tim Federle delivered this year's graduation appreciation ceremony keynote to the MFAC. Here's video of his speech: "Making it Up as You Go Along."

    Read the outstanding work of undergraduates from across the country in the premier issue of Runestone, an online journal compiled and edited by Hamline Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) students.

    In this podcast from AWP 2015, introduced by Mary Francois Rockcastle, hear the panelists read from their award-winning essays in "The Meridel Le Sueur Essay: Sixteen Years of Water~Stone Review."

    Creative Writing Programs faculty, students, and alumni presented a multitude of panels and readings for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference from April 8 - 11.

    Rock. Paper. Scissors., our journal by and from Hamline MFA students, is looking for your finest work. The submission period is open now, through June 30. Now with prizes.