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Jen Calonita

Jen Calonita is the author of the Secrets of My Hollywood Life series and other books like SLEEPAWAY GIRLS and SUMMER STATE OF MIND, but Fairy Tale Reform School is her first middle grade series. She rules Long Island, New York with husband Mike, princes Tyler and Dylan, and Chihuahua Captain Jack Sparrow, but the only castle she’d ever want to live in is Cinderella’s at Disney World.

Jonathan Odell

Jonathan Odell is the author of two novels, THE HEALING (Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2012) and THE VIEW FROM DELPHI (MacAdam/Cage, 2004), which has been updated and republished as MISS HAZEL AND THE ROSA PARKS LEAGUE. Odell was born and raised in Mississippi, growing up in the institutional segregation of a small town. In college, he sold EBONY PICTORIAL HISTORY OF BLACK AMERICA door to door in black neighborhoods across the South while the Klan tried to discourage him. He now resides in Minnesota. 

Editorial Content for Girl in Dior

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Matthew Burbridge

GIRL IN DIOR, Annie Goetzinger’s homage to high fashion’s greatest designer, ties a fictional model’s life into the historical beginnings of the Dior house of fashion. Whether or not the reader is familiar with the House Dior and its designs --- classical feminine themes, perfumes, sharp contours and sharper profiles --- or the man who represent it all, the name is certainly recognizable. Dior represents all that is high fashion --- especially Parisian high fashion --- and Christian Dior founded all that with the release of his first collection in 1947. Read More

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In February of 1947, the crème de la crème of Paris haute couture have flocked to see Christian Dior’s debut fashion show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway and the mesmerized audience declares the show a triumph. When Clara—a freshly hired chronicler and guide to the busy corridors of the brand-new fashion house—is hand-picked by Dior to be a model, she knows her life will never be the same. A biography docudrama that marries fiction with the story of one of the greatest couturiers in history, this work is a breathless and stunning presentation of Christian Dior’s greatest designs, beautifully rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger.

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In February of 1947, the crème de la crème of Paris haute couture have flocked to see Christian Dior’s debut fashion show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway and the mesmerized audience declares the show a triumph. When Clara—a freshly hired chronicler and guide to the busy corridors of the brand-new fashion house—is hand-picked by Dior to be a model, she knows her life will never be the same. A biography docudrama that marries fiction with the story of one of the greatest couturiers in history, this work is a breathless and stunning presentation of Christian Dior’s greatest designs, beautifully rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger.

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In February of 1947, the crème de la crème of Paris haute couture have flocked to see Christian Dior’s debut fashion show. In a flurry of corolla shaped skirts, the parade of models file down the runway and the mesmerized audience declares the show a triumph. When Clara—a freshly hired chronicler and guide to the busy corridors of the brand-new fashion house—is hand-picked by Dior to be a model, she knows her life will never be the same. A biography docudrama that marries fiction with the story of one of the greatest couturiers in history, this work is a breathless and stunning presentation of Christian Dior’s greatest designs, beautifully rendered by bestselling artist Annie Goetzinger.

Editorial Content for The Other Side of the Wall

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L. Whitney Richardson

THE OTHER SIDE OF THE WALL brings Simon Schwartz’s German graphic novel DRÜBEN! to English-speaking audiences for the first time. As someone who majored in German, studied abroad in Berlin, and generally has an unusual obsession with the history of the Berlin Wall, I admit to being quite predisposed to liking it. For a reader who made less quixotic educational choices, there are parts of the graphic novel that might seem unusual or simply not register. Read More

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Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in East Germany, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party of Germany controlled the area. Shortly before Simon's birth, his parents decided to leave their home in search of greater freedoms on the other side of the Berlin Wall. But East German authorities did not allow the Schwartzes to leave for almost three years. In the meantime, Simon's parents struggled with the costs of their decision: the loss of work, the attention of the East German secret police, and the fragmentation of their family. In his debut graphic novel, Simon Schwartz tells the true story of his parents' coming of age in East Germany, their rejection of the communist way of life, and the challenges of leaving that world behind.

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Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in East Germany, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party of Germany controlled the area. Shortly before Simon's birth, his parents decided to leave their home in search of greater freedoms on the other side of the Berlin Wall. But East German authorities did not allow the Schwartzes to leave for almost three years. In the meantime, Simon's parents struggled with the costs of their decision: the loss of work, the attention of the East German secret police, and the fragmentation of their family. In his debut graphic novel, Simon Schwartz tells the true story of his parents' coming of age in East Germany, their rejection of the communist way of life, and the challenges of leaving that world behind.

About the Book

Simon Schwartz was born in 1982 in East Germany, at a time when the repressive Socialist Unity Party of Germany controlled the area. Shortly before Simon's birth, his parents decided to leave their home in search of greater freedoms on the other side of the Berlin Wall. But East German authorities did not allow the Schwartzes to leave for almost three years. In the meantime, Simon's parents struggled with the costs of their decision: the loss of work, the attention of the East German secret police, and the fragmentation of their family. In his debut graphic novel, Simon Schwartz tells the true story of his parents' coming of age in East Germany, their rejection of the communist way of life, and the challenges of leaving that world behind.

Matt Lazorwitz

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Matt Lazorwitz began reading comic books regularly at the age of nine, and hasn't looked back since. A reader of all manner of comics, from super hero to horror, sci-fi to slice of life, Matt loves the medium of comics, and wants to share it with everyone. He has worked at his local comic shop for fifteen years and counting, and still gets a rush every time he puts a new book out on the rack.

Editorial Content for Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula

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Norah Piehl

Graphic novelist Andi Watson cooks up a winning story of love, death and desserts in PRINCESS DECOMPOSIA AND COUNT SPATULA.

Andi Watson is a British cartoonist and graphic novelist who has published work for adults and children alike. His comics are frequently very girl-centric and offer positive portrayals of female heroines. He also seems to have a bit of a romantic streak, since love stories (often unexpected ones) run through much of his work. Watson brings both these things together in his latest graphic novel for kids, PRINCESS DECOMPOSIA AND COUNT SPATULA. Read More

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Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated.

This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father's job, as well. The king doesn't feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well.

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Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated.
 
This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father's job, as well. The king doesn't feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well.

About the Book

Princess Decomposia is overworked and underappreciated.
 
This princess of the underworld has plenty of her own work to do but always seems to find herself doing her layabout father's job, as well. The king doesn't feel quite well, you see. Ever. So the princess is left scurrying through the halls, dodging her mummy, werewolf, and ghost subjects, always running behind and always buried under a ton of paperwork. Oh, and her father just fired the chef, so now she has to hire a new cook as well.

Cori McCarthy

Cori McCarthy studied poetry and screenwriting before falling in love with writing for teens at Vermont College of Fine Arts. From a military family, Cori was born on Guam and lived a little bit of everywhere before she landed in Michigan.

Margaret Gulick

Margaret Gulick is a semi-retired geriatric social worker, currently working part-time in a skilled nursing facility for Franciscan priests and brothers. She has been the seward of Little Free Library #1413 since May 2012 --- one of the first in New York state. She dislikes malls and shopping in general (with the exception of Goodwill --- she's addicted!). Margaret considers herself a "simple knitter," and is currently knitting an infinity scarf with some bright blue mohair wool from Holland that she found at Goodwill. She belongs to two book clubs, both library based.