Summer 2013 New Voices Titles Announced

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Titles to be supported by marketing materials for ABC Group members

The 2013 New Voices Committee kicked off the year by reading more than 70 books for kids and teens by first-time authors. Committee members read, voted on, and selected 10 noteworthy and exciting debuts publishing between January 1 and June 30, 2013, in two categories: Ages 8 – 12 and Teen. 

The Summer ’13 New Voices Picks are:

Ages 8 – 12

  • Elvis and the Underdogs, by Jenny Lee (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)
  • The Key & the Flame, by Clare M. Caterer (Simon & Schuster/Margaret K. McElderry)
  • Paperboy, by Vince Vawter (Random House/Delacorte)
  • Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin, by Liesl Shurtliff (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)
  • Zebra Forest, by Adina Gewirtz (Candlewick Press)


  • Firecracker, by David Iserson (Penguin Young Readers/Razorbill)
  • Golden Boy, by Tara Sullivan (Penguin Young Readers /G. P. Putnam’s Sons)
  • The Madmans Daughter, by Megan Shepherd (HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray)
  • Rapture Practice, by Aaron Hartzler (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
  • The Tragedy Paper, by Elizabeth Laban (Random House/Alfred A. Knopf)

ABC Group member stores will receive special marketing materials featuring both the Summer Picks and these 10 New Voices Picks from previous years that are now available in paperback:

Now in Paperback: Ages 8 – 12

  • The Great Wall of Lucy Wu, by Wendy Wan-Long Shang (Scholastic)
  • One for the Murphys, by Lynda Hunt (Penguin Young Readers/Puffin)
  • Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier (Abrams/Amulet Books)
  • Wild Wings, by Gill Lewis (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)
  • The Wizard of Dark Street, by Shawn Thomas Odyssey (EgmontUSA)

Now in Paperback: Teen

  • Cinder, by Marissa Meyer (Macmillan/Square Fish)
  • Hold Me Closer, Necromancer, by Lish McBride (Macmillan/Square Fish)
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews (Abrams/Amulet Books)
  • Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugo (Macmillan/Square Fish)
  • Where Things Come Back, by John Corey Whaley (Simon & Schuster/Atheneum)

Marketing materials — including bookmarks, shelf-talkers, and an easel-back sign — will arrive at ABC Group member stores in the May Children’s White Box mailing. The materials are a great way for independent bookstores to offer fresh choices during the summer reading season.  The entire list of Summer Picks is also featured with bookseller quotes on

The members of the New Voices Committee (listed below) will reconvene in July to select their Fall Picks — the season’s top debuts to be featured in a two-page spread in the ABC Best Books for Children Catalog as well as on additional marketing materials. 

Publishers who are both ABA members and ABC Group subscribers are welcome to submit titles by debut authors publishing between July 1 and December 31, 2013, for consideration by the committee. Details, including title, author, ISBN, price, format, and publishing date, should be sent via e-mail to ABC Group Manager Shannon O’Connor. Questions about the program should also be directed to O’Connor. 

The members of the ABC Children’s Group New Voices Committee for 2013 are: