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Thrilled to be Nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award!

I am so honored that my debut novel, CATCHING JORDAN, been nominated for a Goodreads Choice Award! This is probably the biggest thing that’s happened to me since I began my writing career. Why is this so important? Because readers themselves made it possible!

Goodreads is such a wonderful platform to share book recommendations and talk about our favorite stories. I am still shocked at how many people have rated CATCHING JORDAN and added it as a “to-read.” The same goes for my other books – Goodreads has been a great place to spread the word. Without it, I don’t think readers would’ve found my book as easily.

Thank you again to all my readers for making this possible!


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Win an ARC of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET and a copy of Dear Teen Me!

March 1, 2013

Update: November 5, 2012: The winners of the contest are:

1) A copy of THINGS I CAN’T FORGET goes to Estelle.

2) A copy of DEAR TEEN ME goes to Amy at Book Goonie.

Thanks again for participating!

I’m so thrilled to give away an arc of my third book, THINGS I CAN’T FORGET, coming out on March 1, 2012, and a copy of the Dear Teen Me anthology, which I co-edited, is coming out on October 30, 2012 (next week!). The anthology features letters from adult YA authors to their teen selves, including entries from Ellen Hopkins, Lauren Oliver, and Sara Zarr.

October 30, 2012

So – to enter the contest, all you have to do is comment below, saying what you’d tell your teen self. e.g. I’d tell my teen self to stop eating so much junk food! And if you’re still a teen, tell me something you want to tell your adult self!

I will choose two winners. One person will win the arc of Things I Can’t Forget. The other will win a finished copy of Dear Teen Me. The contest is international and it will end on November 2, 2012 at 11:59pm EST.Thanks for entering!

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School Library Journal reviews Stealing Parker

I love the SLJ review for Stealing Parker!

KENNEALLY, Miranda. Stealing Parker. 242p. Sourcebooks/Fire. Oct. 2012. pap. $8.99. ISBN 978-1-4022-7187-8.

Gr 8 Up–A companion to Catching Jordan (Sourcebooks, 2011), this novel is set in the same Tennessee high school and has similar elements (a smart, athletic girl in a love triangle with hot, athletic boys), this time with baseball and softball at the center instead of football. And the formula works. Parker Shelton considers herself a good Christian girl; she is a talented athlete, a churchgoing virgin, and the valedictorian of her class. But while she should be worry free, the drama has just begun. To start with, Parker’s flirtatious ways have resulted in a not-so-favorable reputation. While it isn’t entirely based on fact, Parker does start secretly dating both the 23-year-old high-school baseball coach and the captain of the team. Her usual support system–her best friend, her church, her family–has grown distant for a variety of reasons, leaving her to flounder. By the end, though, Parker has recommitted to protecting herself and doing what is right for her, and has reconnected with some of the strongest people in her life. The teen finds herself in tough situations not because she is foolish or a victim but because of complicated interpersonal, familial, social, and religious reasons, inviting readers to empathize with and not judge her and her peers. Kenneally’s respect for her characters is clear, making both Catching Jordan and Stealing Parker positive additions to the teen romance genre.–Jennifer Miskec, Longwood University, Farmville, VA

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