If you haven’t heard, STARFISH got a second starred review! Booklist says, “Bowman evokes Kiko’s quiet hurt, pain, and frustration with breathtaking clarity, all the while reinforcing the narrative with love and hope. The story will resonate deeply with readers who have experienced abuse of any kind, or who have been held back by social anxiety. This is a stunningly beautiful, highly nuanced debut.” The full review is now available to read online, and yes, I’m still crying.

Thank you, Booklist!

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There’s a giveaway happening right now on Goodreads for a signed hardcover of STARFISH! Make sure you enter while there’s still time. Contest ends September 19th, 2017. Good luck everyone!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman


by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Giveaway ends September 19, 2017.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter Giveaway

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Remember back in the day when I said you should hang on to your preorder receipts? Well, this is why! I’m so excited to share these amazingly cool STARFISH goodies with you, but first, some important info:

  • ★ If you preorder STARFISH (hardcover or ebook), please send proof of purchase to akemidawnbowman [at] gmail [dot] com, along with your full name and mailing address. To make this easier for me, please make sure you write your address the exact way you would write it on an envelope or package.
  • ★ This preorder campaign is open to international readers!
  • ★ Proof of purchase can either be a screenshot or email forward of the receipt.
  • ★ I only have a limited supply of book swag, so I’ll be sending everything out on a first come first serve basis. Due to time constraints, you won’t get a response from me, but everything will be posted between September-October, 2017.
  • ★ If supplies run out before you get a chance to submit proof of purchase, I do apologize. Everything was printed in limited quantities because I’m covering the costs of these items myself (including shipping). Thanks for understanding!

And now for the best part…the available preorder goodies!

  • ★ A signed bookplate (this is a small sticker you can put inside your book when it arrives).
  • ★ A bookmark featuring a quote from the book.
  • ★ A gorgeous STARFISH promo card (digital art by the talented Grace P. Fong). This piece features Kiko and Jamie listening to music on the sidewalk (you might even recognize it from the book if you’ve already read it!), and was commissioned specifically for this preorder campaign. I hope you love it as much as I do!


Thanks so much for all your interest in STARFISH!

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I’ve been keeping this a secret for a little while (I’ve already gone through a round of edits with it!), but I can officially announce that Summer Bird Blue is going to be my second published book! I’m ecstatic. I love this story so much, and I can’t wait for you all to meet Rumi.

I don’t have a fancy Goodreads page or anything like that yet, but here’s a short synopsis:


Seventeen-year-old Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. Whether it’s as minor as her favorite food, or as important as her sexuality, she often feels lost in a world that’s just too big for her. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

But then Lea dies in a tragic accident, and her mother sends her to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi tries to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

Summer Bird Blue is a story about family, loss, and learning how to say goodbye to someone who is already gone. Set for publication in Fall 2018 with Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster.


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