I love to get a sneak peak of forthcoming poetry/novel in verse books, because anticipation is half the fun!
Tamera Will Wissinger was a student in an online class Lisa Bullard and I taught, and she’s a graduate of Hamline University’s MFA program. I was so excited when she got in touch to share her news about her novel in verse?coming out next spring from Houghton Mifflin! It looks like a light-hearted novel in verse with boy appeal–there are not enough of those, so this will be a welcome addition to the field. And the cover looks charming (and British, to me,?even though the illustrator, Matthew Cordell, is American). I love the easy-going mood it creates. Here’s the info:
GONE FISHING A novel in verse by Tamera Will Wissinger
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, March 5, 2013
Nine-year-old Sam loves fishing with his dad. So when his pesky little sister, Lucy, horns in on their fishing trip, he’s none too pleased: ?Where’s my stringer? / Something’s wrong! / This princess doll does not belong!? All ends well in this winsome book of poems?each labeled with its proper poetic form. Together the poems build a dawn-to-dusk story of a father-son bond, of sibling harmony lost and found?and most of all, of delicious anticipation. Charming line drawings by Matthew Cordell animate the poetry with humor and drama, and the extensive Poet’s Tackle Box at the end makes this the perfect primer to hook aspiring poets of all ages.
Tamera was inspired to write GONE FISHING after writing “Night Crawlers,” a poem that stemmed from her fun childhood memories of night crawler hunting with her family before fishing trips. A graduate of Hamline University’s MFA Writing for Children program, Tamera and her husband share their time between Chicago and Florida. Tamera is represented by Michelle Humphrey of The Martha Kaplan Agency. Online you can find her on her website, Goodreads, or Facebook. In real life you may just find her fishing.
Congratulations, Tamera! Can’t wait to read your book!