Author Guest Post: Finding Your Voice In Kidlit Publishing

Author Guest Post: Finding Your Voice In Kidlit Publishing

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As she prepares for the release of her first novel, I Can Make This Promise, author Christine Day reflects on the hurdles, realizations, and soul-searching that led her to this moment.   Five years ago, I received my first email from a literary agent. It was a novel moment, opening my inbox and seeing her message there, after weeks of form rejections and unimpressed silences. I had learned about this agent through the Acknowledgments section of a recent New York Times bestseller, a YA novel with a beautiful—yet somewhat lonely-looking—blonde girl on its cover, the first installment in a trilogy. I …

This Beautiful Middle-Grade Novel About Native American Identity Is a Game Changer

This Beautiful Middle-Grade Novel About Native American Identity Is a Game Changer

I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day doesn’t come out until October 1st, but it’s already making waves. Day’s debut is inspired by her own family’s history and follows a girl named Edie Green who uncovers her family’s secrets, and discovers her true identity as Native American.   Tackling themes of identity, coming-of-age and First Nations family separations, Christine Day, who is Upper Skagit, has written a beautiful, sensitive and hopeful debut, and in doing so has added some much needed First Nations representation to the middle-grade reading pool. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was …