A New Laurie Halse Anderson Cover Reveal? Yes and Please!
You know her.
You love her.
You are vaguely aware that she was recently celebrated as one of the top authors in the WORLD for young people by winning the highly coveted Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award this year (which gives out the largest amount of money given to a creator of literature for youth internationally).
Now normally when I do a cover reveal these days I couple it with an interview, but we wanted to get this out as quickly as possible. So, without further ado, allow me to show you the brand new book jacket for . . .
In the spring of 1776, thirteen-year-old Elspeth Culpepper wakes to the sound of cannons. It’s the Siege of Boston, the Patriots’ massive drive to push the Loyalists out that turns the city into a chaotic war zone. Elspeth’s father—her only living relative—has gone missing, leaving her alone and adrift in a broken town while desperately seeking employment to avoid the orphanage.
Just when things couldn’t feel worse, the smallpox epidemic sweeps across Boston. Now, Bostonians must fight for their lives against an invisible enemy in addition to the visible one. While a vaccine is being frantically fine-tuned, thousands of people rush in from the countryside begging for inoculation. At the same time, others refuse protection, for the vaccine is crude at best and at times more dangerous than the disease itself.
Elspeth, who had smallpox as a small child and is now immune, finds work taking care of Abigail Adams and her extended family as they await a turn at inoculation, but as the epidemic and the revolution rage on, will she find her father?
Rebellion 1776 is on shelves everywhere April 9, 2024. Many thanks to Tara Shanahan and the folks at Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing for this reveal.
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Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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