Great story from Publisher's Weekly, re: debut children's authors. The "Flying Start" award, given to four outstanding books. Check it out!
1. The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly. She got the idea for the novel thinking about the house in Austin, TX where she lives, in the days before air-conditioning.
2. Heart of a Shepherd by Rosanne Parry. Main character is a boy whose father has been shipped off to war in Iraq.
3. Gentleman by Michael Northrop. a "dark, dread-soaked mystery" (wow!)
4. Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas. A Young Adult novel-in-verse.