I've never done an "in my mailbox" post before, but the package that arrived in the mail today was rather special.
Back in the fall of 2009, Stacy Whitman had a bold and brave idea--to launch a new publishing venture, dedicated "to publishing fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction for children and young adults inspired by many cultures from around the world….” Tu Press garnered so much support and generated so much enthusiasm that Lee and Low took it under their publishing house wing as an imprint, and now, at last, the result is here! Literally here, as in under my roof in ARC form:
Galaxy Games: The Challengers by Greg R. Fishbone
In this hilarious middle-grade romp through space, 11-year-old Ty Sato gets a chance to compete in the biggest sporting event in the universe.
Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac
When Lucas King's black-ops father is kidnapped, a dangerous family secret could be his only chance to save him: a skin that will let him walk as a wolf. Spies and skinwalkers come together in this edge-of-your-seat YA thriller based on Abenaki legend.
Tankborn by Karen Sandler
A riveting YA science fiction dystopia about Kayla and Mishalla, genetically engineered slaves on the planet Loka, whose developing friendships with higher-status boys lead them to question the strict caste system of their world.
You can find out more about them at the Tu Kids Books page at Lee and Low!
Congratulations, Stacy, and Lee and Low, and the authors!
And for those of you who want to read about how to make a cultural diverse book the best that it can be, head over to Writing with a Broken Tusk, where Uma Krishnaswami chats with Stacy. Says Uma "I was pleased to be invited to consult with editor Stacy Whitman on their forthcoming dystopic fantasy title, Tankborn. The experience got me thinking about the use of cultural consultants as a way to bridge gaps between outsider authors (culturally speaking) and insider readers, so I asked Stacy for her thoughts." Fascinating!