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Member News: Summer 2014

Member News highlights the latest inspiring successes of our talented writers, illustrators and translators. SCBWI Japan members should submit news to the blog editors by July 1 for the summer post and January 1 for the winter post. Other SCBWI members who frequently visit and attend events in Japan may also submit their news for Visiting Member News. 


SCBWI Japan Member News


John Paul Catton published his second book in the “Mirror, Sword, Jewel” trilogy, Voice of the Mirror, in June through Excalibur Books. 


Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu has recently signed with literary agent Holly McGhee at Pippin Properties. Her middle-grade novel Somewhere Among has been sold in a two-book deal to Caitlyn Dlouhy at Atheneum, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, and is slated for publication in 2016. 


Avery Fischer Udagawa will attend the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles (August 1-4) with support from a SCBWI Tribute Fund Scholarship.


Deborah Iwabuchi finished her second translation for the Shueisha Creative project. This second book is a YA novel, The Order-made Murder Club by Mizuki Tsujimura. Release is scheduled for late 2014 or early 2015. 


Suzanne Kamata's YA novel Gadget Girl: The Art of Being Invisible was named an Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Honor Book and received the Skipping Stones Honor Award. Gadget Girl was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by the Children's Book Committee of the Bank Street College of Education, and was designated a book of Outstanding Merit. Her novella "The Returnee" was serialized in Cricket Magazine. She also published two poems in YARN, and her YA novel Screaming Divas was published by Merit Press in May.


Leza Lowitz and Shogo Oketani are pleased to report that their debut YA novel Jet Black and the Ninja Wind has received the Asian Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA) Award in Young Adult Literature. Also, Leza Lowitz just completed a mentorship in the YA novel with Amy Goldman Koss through the Northern Central California chapter of SCBWI.


Holly Thompson's YA verse novel The Language Inside was listed in Bank Street 2014 Best Children's Books of the Year, YALSA 2014 Best Fiction for Young Adults, and 2014 Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts. Her middle-grade verse novel Dragon's Mouth was sold to Laura Godwin at Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and her YA poetry was featured on the Young Adult Review Network in April. 


Visiting Member News


Rebecca Kool-Fujibe, Canadian author of Fly Catcher Boy, a bilingual (English/Japanese) children's book, will be returning to Nagoya for the month of October to present her story through kamishibai at various venues in Aichi. She also plans to attend the Japan Writer's Conference in Iwate.