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Putnam Juvenile, 2012 (Now available in paperback!)

Putnam Juvenile, 2012 (Now available in paperback!)

Blessed with a gift, cursed with a secret.

Three exceptional sisters, two dangerous choices, one terrible secret…and not a single person they can trust.

The Cahill witches aren’t safe…not even from each other.


“Spotswood’s debut novel is enchanting and addicting…The Cahill sisters are a feisty, rebellious trio that readers will not forget…It is a must-have for any library.”  —VOYA, starred review

“A sly wit reminiscent of the best Regency romances accompany a potent love triangle wthat will charm readers…Readers will be swooning for the next one.” —School Library Journal

“The feminist undertones, the description of sumptuous dresses, the dangerous, secretive magic wielding: Born Wicked is like a sizzling, more fun version of The Witch of Blackbird Pond.”  —Romantic Times book review

“A tale so captivating you don’t want it to end.”
 —Andrea Cremer, New York Times bestselling author of the Nightshade series

Also from Jessica, coming summer of 2013:

Putnam Juvenile, June 18, 2013

Putnam Juvenile, June 18, 2013

With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.

Amulet Books, April 2, 2013

Amulet Books, April 2, 2013

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?

Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.


“[A] masterful debut novel…deliciously creepy.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Winters strikes just the right balance between history and ghost story…”
Kirkus Reviews

“Days after finishing this story, it remains the first thought I have in the morning, and the thing that haunts me until I sleep.”
Lauren DeStefano, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy

“This dark and startling story lingers long after the final page.”
Saundra Mitchell, Edgar Award-nominated author of SHADOWED SUMMER and The Vespertine series

“Spookily atmospheric… From the first page, I was captivated by Mary Shelley Black.”
Katherine Longshore, author of GILT

Simon & Schuster BFYR, May 7, 2013

Simon & Schuster BFYR, May 7, 2013

Seventeen-year-old Meg Fellowes is a wry, resourceful thief forced to join an elite group of female spies in Queen Elizabeth’s Court. There she must solve a murder, save the Crown, and resist the one thing that will become her greatest freedom–and her deadliest peril.

For Meg and her fellow spies are not alone in their pursuit of the murderer who stalks Windsor Castle.

A young, mysterious Spanish courtier, Count Rafe de Martine, appears at every turn in the dark and scandal-filled corridors of the Queen’s summer palace. And though secrets and danger are Meg’s stock-in-trade, she’s never bargained on falling in love…

Penguin, 2012 (Available in paperback May 7, 2013)

Penguin, 2012 (Available in paperback May 7, 2013)

In the Tudor age, ambition, power and charismatic allure are essential and Catherine Howard has plenty of all three. Not to mention her loyal best friend, Kitty Tylney, to help cover her tracks. Kitty, the abandoned youngest daughter of minor aristocracy, owes everything to Cat—where she is, what she is, even who she is. Friend, flirt, and self-proclaimed Queen of Misrule, Cat reigns supreme in a loyal court of girls under the none-too-watchful eye of the Dowager Duchess of Norfolk.

When Cat worms her way into the heart of Henry VIII and becomes Queen of England, Kitty is thrown into the intoxicating Tudor Court. It’s a world of glittering jewels and elegant costumes, of gossip and deception. As the Queen’s right-hand-woman, Kitty goes from the girl nobody noticed to being caught between two men—the object of her affection and the object of her desire.

But the atmosphere of the court turns from dazzling to deadly, and Kitty is forced to learn the difference between trust and loyalty, love and lust, secrets and treason. And to accept the consequences when some lessons are learned too late.


*Junior Library Guild 2012 Spring Selection

“A substantive, sobering historical read, with just a few heaving bodices.”
 —Kirkus Reviews
“…royally riveting for the reader.”

“A more literary version of Gossip Girl overlaid onto 16th-century England . . . In modern times, Cat would most likely be a cheerleader; the king, captain of the football team. But the royal backdrop with historical underpinnings makes a far more interesting story.”
 —The Los Angeles Times

“Longshore takes readers into the dangerous and enchanting circle of Catherine Howard, the fifth wife of Henry VIII . . . this book’s look into courtly intrigue will delight teen readers.” Four stars
 —Romantic Times

“This is an enjoyable novel to recommend to girls interested in history, love, and betrayal.”

“I found my new favorite series . . . see for yourself why I couldn’t put the book down.”

Also from Katherine, coming the summer of 2013:

Viking Juvenile, June 18, 2012

Viking Juvenile, June 18, 2012

Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court—and to convince the whole court they’re lovers—she accepts. Before long, Anne’s popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice—but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart’s desire and the chance to make history.

Gollancz, May 30, 2013

Gollancz, September 19, 2013

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

18 year old Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined to a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery kills her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season. Between a seeming endless number of parties, Aileana slaughters faeries in secret. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, every night she sheds her aristocratic facade and goes hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But she never even considered that she might become attracted to one. To the magnetic Kiaran MacKay, the faery who trained her to kill his own kind. Nor is she at all prepared for the revelation he’s going to bring. Because Midwinter is approaching, and with it an eclipse that has the ability to unlock a Fae prison and begin the Wild Hunt.

A battle looms, and Aileana is going to have to decide how much she’s willing to lose – and just how far she’ll go to avenge her mother’s murder.

Delacorte press/RHCB June, 11, 2013

Delacorte Press/RHCB, June 11, 2013

Trouble has rained down on Lizzie Hawkins. Her daddy has deserted the family, her mama is silent with sadness, and the bank is after their house.

Daddy always said Lizzie was born to succeed, but right now she can’t even hold on to her top grades or her best friend, Ben. Bratty newcomer Erin Sawyer has weaseled both away from Lizzie, but Erin won’t be satisfied until Lizzie is out of her hair for good, packed off straight to the nearest orphanage.

Still, Lizzie refuses to lose what’s left of her family. With the bank deadline fast approaching, Erin causing strife at every turn, and Mama and Ben slipping away from her, Lizzie finds comfort writing in her journal and looking at Daddy’s face in the heirloom locket he left her. She’s keeping her head high and holding onto hope that Daddy returns on her twelfth birthday. Still, she can’t help wondering: Why did Daddy have to leave? And can I save us if he doesn’t come home?

Times may be tough in Bittersweet, Alabama, but the unsinkable Lizzie Hawkins will inspire readers with her resilience and determination.


“A beautiful story of acceptance and determination. Lizzie Hawkins reminds us that in the midst of losing something precious we may find something equally important: ourselves.” –Ruta Sepetys, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY

Entangled Teen, September 2013

True Grit meets The Prestige. Set in a world in which the remains of long-extinct magical creatures are mined and traded on the black market in the red rock desert of the Colorado Territory for their residual magic powers. Maggie Davis must learn how to harness the power of relics in order to survive and protect her younger sister, Ella. But in the rough merchant town, it’s hard to know who to trust. From a roguish cowboy named Landon, to a spirited showgirl with a mesmerizing fire dance, to Álvar Castilla, the wealthy relic baron, nothing in Burning Mesa is as it seems.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 (Available in paperback April 2, 2013)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012 (Available in paperback Fall of 2013)

1293. North Wales. Ten years into English rule.

Cecily would give anything to leave Caernarvon and go home. Gwenhwyfar
would give anything to see all the English leave.

Neither one is going to get her wish.

Behind the city walls, English burgesses govern with impunity. Outside
the walls, the Welsh are confined by custom and bear the burden of
taxation, and the burgesses plan to keep it that way.

Cecily can’t be bothered with boring things like the steep new tax or the
military draft that requires Welshmen to serve in the king’s army
overseas. She has her hands full trying to fit in with the town’s
privileged elite, and they don’t want company.

Gwenhwyfar can’t avoid these things. She counts herself lucky to get
through one more day, and service in Cecily’s house is just salt in the

But the Welsh are not as conquered as they seem, and the suffering in the
countryside is rapidly turning to discontent. The murmurs of revolt may
be Gwenhwyfar’s only hope for survival – and the last thing Cecily ever


*Junior Library Guild 2012 Spring Selection

*Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2012

*School Library Journal Best Books of 2012

*YALSA Best For Young Adults (BYFA) Nominee

“Brilliant: a vision of history before the victors wrote it.” – Kirkus, starred review

“[A]n instantly gripping story of injustice spawned by subjugation.” –
School Library Journal, starred review

“[An] unusually honest portrait of the effects of power…[Coats] offers us
a potent historical novel.” –Horn Book, starred review

“[A] harrowing picture of life as two cultures clash.” –Shelf Awareness

Viking/Penguin, winter 2014

Viking/Penguin, winter 2014

A teen in Edwardian London, after getting expelled from her French boarding school, pursues her passion for art—and for an attractive police constable—despite the restrictions of her upper-class family.


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