YALSA 2013 Best Fiction for Young Adults

From the YALSA site:

Each year, YALSA presents the Best Fiction for Young Adults list after ALA’s Midwinter Meeting. This year’s list of 102 books was drawn from 200 official nominations. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The list comprises a wide range of genres and styles, including contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy, horror, science fiction and novels in verse.

In addition to the full list, the Best Fiction for Young Adults committee also created a Top Ten list of titles from the final list, denoted here by an asterisk.

(and then, further down the alphabetical list…)

*Kontis, Alethea. Enchanted. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Harcourt Children’s Books, 2012; ISBN 13: 9780547645704; $16.99.

Sunday’s child may be able to find her story with the help of ….a frog.


I cannot express my sheer amount of joy and overwhelming love I have for librarians right now. Thank you all so very much!!!

For the full list of REALLY GREAT BOOKS, click here!

Enchanted by Alethea Kontis


Edited to add: Not to be outdone, ENCHANTED on audio also made the Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults list!

I am having a very, VERY good day.


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AlphaOops in the Post-Tribune

AlphaOops: The Day Z Went FirstYes, I know, I’ve been remiss about blogging. (Being sick just kind of saps the desire to remind the world (and my mother) how awesome I’m not feeling.)

So here’s a lovely tidbit to share: AlphaOops: The Day Z Went First was mentioned in the Chicago Post-Tribune earlier this week. Can you believe it originally came out SEVEN YEARS AGO? Crazy, I know, because we are not that old.

(Click the quote below to see the full article.)

Letters. Words. Stories. It’s a building process that begins with the letters of the alphabet. I wonder who invented them. Who decided the order? Why does A come first? In “Alpha Oops!” Alethea Kontis shows us what happens when Z asks the same question. In this book subtitled “The Day Z Went First” we find the answer.

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Jan 26th SFWA Music & Authors Event

Here’s the official flyer for the Jan 26th SFWA event at Mad City Coffee in Columbia, MD — if you’re in the area, I hope you’ll join us. I promise to have some HERO swag!

(I also hear their hummus is to die for. Must remember to bring after-hummus breath mints.)

SFWA Jan 26th 2013 flyer

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10 Things You Can Do On My Birthday

Hero by Alethea KontisToday is 1-11, the day we celebrate PRINCESS ALETHEA’S MAGICAL BIRTHDAY EXTRAVAGANZA! I do hope you have marvelous things planned for today. I do!

If you don’t have some marvelous things planned, here are ten suggestions for how I would love you to spend MY FRABJOUS DAY.


If you have a few extra dollars:
1.) Order some of my books. All the links are here. Already own the complete Princess Alethea library? Consider purchasing some extras for baby showers and children’s birthdays…or for your local school library. (If you order them from here, I will even sign & personalize them for you.)

2.) Are you a fan of Peter David? You should be. Buy a few of his books and help Peter and his family defray the cost medical bills caused by a stroke he had over the holidays.

3.) Are you a fan of Jay Lake? You should be. Click here and find out all the various fun ways you can help Jay cover the cost of genome sequencing for Jay’s cancer.

If you haven’t got a penny to spare:
1.) Write a fabulous five-star review of one (or all) of my books on Amazon, B&N, Audible, or Goodreads.

2.) Go “like” or “tag” a bunch of my books on Amazon, etc.

3.) Go review or like or tag five of your favorite authors.

4.) Go visit the website of five of your favorite authors. If they have blogs, leave a nice comment.

5.) Write a letter today, snail mail or email. Make it personal. Fan letters count.

6.) Call someone you love today.

7.) Take a picture of you or your child with one of my books and I’ll put in in my Family Album.


Much love to you all — I hope you have a wonderful, shiny day! xox

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Holding Out for a Hero

Ladies and Gentlemen–
Princess Alethea Proudly Presents:
The cover of Hero!

Hero by Alethea Kontis

Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she’s the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, “Did romance have to be part of the adventure?” As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.

Christine Kettner, Art Director at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (and cover designer for Enchanted), has outdone herself again. (A Backwards Story did a fabulous interview with Christine about the Enchanted cover HERE.)  Isn’t it GORGEOUS?!?

Hero will be released on October 1, 2013.

Click here to preorder on Amazon. (Likes and tags are also appreciated.)

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Rainbow Sun

I meant to post this the other day, when I accompanied FGB into DC to help him with some work. I was looking out the window for a street sign and the sky took my breath away. There was a full, perfect rainbow all around the sun.

Rainbow Sun

I thought this a fitting magical image with which to wish my father a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!

Love you, Dad. xox

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Kicking It Up a Notch

If you are at all inclined to support the projects of artists on Kickstarter, I encourage you to help fund this anthology to be edited by Ellen Datlow, a woman I have greatly admired since I was a wee lass collecting books like Snow White, Blood Red.

Click here to find our more and pledge to FEARFUL SYMMETRIES.


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Happy 2013!

The Little MermaidHappy New Year, everyone!

I wrote up today’s inspirational post and left it over in the Waterworld Mermaid Lagoon. You’ll have to click over there to see what it’s all about! (Especially if you’re a writer.)

In the meantime, I’m going to get some sleep so I’m all bright and chipper tomorrow for Aunt Theda’s Annual Loukoumathes Party!

You’re going to SO wish you were me right around 3pm this afternoon…

Have a great day, everyone! Start filling this world with wonderful things! xox

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