I have some exciting news! SUMMER BIRD BLUE is officially a Junior Library Guild Selection, and it has received starred reviews from both Booklist and Kirkus. The Booklist review isn’t public quite yet, but I can share the following quote: “Bowman, whose Starfish (2017) was a Morris Award finalist, proves again that she isn’t afraid to dive headlong into challenging issues, such as asexuality, grief, resentment, and forgiveness. This beautiful story sparkles as its complex characters dare to find footholds in the seemingly inescapable dark.”

Kirkus had this to say: “Convincing local details and dialogue, masterful writing, and an emotionally cathartic climax make this book shine. A strikingly moving book about teenage grief.” You can see the full review here.

Yay! I am so, so excited for you all to meet Rumi on September 11th, 2018!

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I was invited to write a piece for MuggleNet.com, which went live today. (Yeah, my little Ravenclaw heart freaked out too.) I talk about found family, unconditional love, and growing up in an abusive home. If you’re interested, you can read the post here.

Author Takeover: Lost and Found by Akemi Dawn Bowman

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The news is out!! If you haven’t heard already, I have two more YA contemporaries coming out with Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster—one in fall 2019, and one in fall 2020. I’m SO excited to once again be working with my incredible editor, Jennifer Ung, and the rest of the wonderful team at Simon Pulse. And all the love to my superhero agent, Penny Moore. I feel so lucky to call myself one of her clients. Also, CIRCUS CONTEMPORARY. I’ve basically been obsessed with everything circus since I first saw the Amazoness Quartet in Sailor Moon as a little kid (VesVes is the best). Starfish was the book of my heart, but this is the book of my dreams.

Can’t wait to share more with you soon!

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It’s here!! Check out the cover reveal for SUMMER BIRD BLUE below. And all the love to the incredibly talented Sarah Creech, who has once again designed a cover that gives me SO MANY FEELINGS. I hope you all love it as much as I do, and a huge thank you to Paste Magazine for hosting!

Click here to see the cover over at Paste!

 

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Congratulations to the winners of the STARFISH art contest! I loved seeing each and every entry that was submitted, and it was so difficult to narrow it down to five. Thank you to every single person who sent their artwork in. You made this contest feel so special, and I am truly grateful!

– Winning Entries –

Entry #4

“I paint a girl with white hair, blending into a forest of white trees, with stars exploding in the sky above them like shattering glass. If you don’t know where to look for her, you might not see her at all.”

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Entry #7

“I draw a thousand fairies circling around a girl so that she can finally fly away.”

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Entry #8

“I draw a girl shrinking into the grass until she’s hidden by a bed of flowers that are all so much prettier than she is.”

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Entry #11

“I draw a girl with arms that reach up to the clouds, but all the clouds avoid her because she’s made of night and not day.”

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Entry #13

“I draw a dragon breaking free from its grave and finally seeing what its wings and fire are for.”

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